The combination of classical instruments (von Hubbenet is a violinist, Gurtler a pianist) and electronica is presented on this album with intelligence and a marked aversion to formless indulgence.
This mature approach encourages attention to elemental contributions to the structural unity of individual tracks. The pulse rhythm of “Substance” allows a fine interplay of crackle and the metallic-industrial to complement wordless vocals, and the drone effect in “String Drift” keeps a firm hold on the simple yet forceful string forays that, paradoxically, give a sense of direction rather than of aimless meander. There is gentle movement, certainly, but it has a definite destination.
Throughout the album, one senses an awareness of the importance of not overloading the synthesis of acoustic and industrial. The results are consistently persuasive, allowing (on “Downward Rising”) the slow cello sound to morph into a siren effect with remarkable resonance.
The sonic range is not vast, yet within it the effects work fully in their thought-through variety, and the use of glissandro recurs but is never over-imposed. This is a debut that does not draw attention so much to its individual components but, instead, convinces most clearly through its fine coherent architecture.