Well well well, if it isn’t exm again. This prolific artist has a multitude of self-released EPs under his belt and returns once more for his fourth contribution to Touched with music of fantastic quality. Each track piques your interest, every sound feels like it has a purpose and my are their lots of sounds. This release isn’t just generous in terms of style but at a shade under 90 minutes I don’t think anyone could complain that they weren’t being looked after.
The opening of 'Modulus' is sinister. '3i2' puts you on edge and alerts you to the presence of the next nines track lined up, a piece that wouldn’t sound out of place in the most epic of science fiction. Even the first sound’s pacing is so perfect I could loop it and be satisfied.
But I don’t need to. Waiting for me is a barrage of noise all seemingly in its place and well thought out by the composer. Some of it is illusory - 'Wall' has a pace that appears to increase whilst not actually doing so. If I didn’t have an anchor to the real world in the form of tapping feet I might certainly be lost.
As a midpoint, '5' is a masterpiece - it’s an earworm. Its melody cohesive, at 9 minutes in
length it still doesn’t feel long enough. And it’s a turning point too, the second half of 'Modulus' feels takes a robotic tone, like you’re stuck in an automated factory but you don’t really care about getting out, satisfied with the rhythmic beat of machines you are
This is as good as any electronic music I’ve heard. It shows there are those out there who really care about their art, who want to push boundaries and challenge those who listen to it. I had previously compared exm to other great masters Autechre and their influence still shows however it feels more distant now. A place has been found by exm, he's carving out his niche and it's incredibly enjoyable.
'Modulus' is available as a limited run of CDs and as always a digital download (with bonus track 'Meltt') which is also provided to those who make a physical purchase from the Touched Bandcamp page. So, show your support once more for Touched and get something great in return.
- Digital: £6.99
- CD: £5