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Olekranon: Cohesion

Olekranon is the work of one Ryan Huber (aka Ryan Hurst?), a musician based out of Bloomington IN, who is also involved in a few other projects, the most recent being the collaborative Lid Emba / Bob Crane disc We Substitute Radiance (Huber being Bob Crane). From what I've been able to gather Cohesion is made up of nine tracks that were previously released only in a very limited CD-R run.

Cohesion is certainly an appropriate title for the music contained on this disc because there is a definite flow from composition to composition and this is an easy album to put on to just let it run its course from beginning to end. As for the music itself, which for the most part is quite minimalist, it can best be described as up-tempo ambient drone with elements of electronic and even traces of industrial. The first track "Reticence" is an almost three minute piece of music that features large amounts of very loud industrial like hum and feedback as the odd manic sounding electronic squeal manages to break through the din. This segues nicely into "Necropolis" which again uses a repetitive drone as a sonic backdrop until the electronic percussion is slowly introduced into the mix. The rest of Cohesion follows pretty much along the same path and the tracks that work best here are the ones that gradually take their time to unfold and fully develop. Two nine minute plus compositions in particular stand out; the spacey sounding "As Is" and the final track "In Celebration".

The great thing about Cohesion as a whole is that the music never really intrudes or tries to overpower the listener. Often releases of this nature are presented or interpreted as nothing more than just sheer white noise, which thankfully isn't the case here. If this kind of experimental music appeals to you then you should have no problem kicking back for an hour and absorbing this eclectic sonic mixture.

Track Listing
1) Reticence
2) Necropolis
3) Enumbra
4) Devil Effect
5) Divit
6) As Is
7) Bubonic
8) Sight Unseen
9) Halo Effect
10) In Celebration

Added: May 7th 2009
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Hits: 1783
Language: english

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