Aria Rostami :: Form (Audiobulb)

Expansive synth pads are brought to bear on catchy looped piano melodies conducive to the sort of nostalgic meditation perhaps most famously associated with Boards Of Canada.

Originally released two years ago, Aria Rostami‘s beautiful fusion of minimalist piano and spectral electronics, Form, has been re-issued on Audiobulb.

Distorted guitar feedback, reversed lines, drum machines—often fizzing and sparking away like Verspertine era Bjork inspired microbeats—and expansive synth pads are brought to bear on catchy looped piano melodies conducive to the sort of nostalgic meditation perhaps most famously associated with Boards Of Canada.

However, interspersed amongst the dusty and the homely are fleeting moments of discord—cleverly timed, dramatic attacks on an atmosphere of ambience—which ensure that one’s journey through Form was never going to be a completely smooth one; the best flights always have a little turbulence. Whilst the piano accounts for the vast majority of Form‘s melodic structure, occasional breathed vocals and retro-sounding, bare synth leads are also introduced in order to add some necessary texture. An acoustic skeleton augmented with the kind of expansive electronic wizardry we’ve come to expect from the masters of drone.

An ode to entropy: Form begins as very much a living thing before gradually and randomly falling apart. As Aria puts it, the record is a “dying organism.”

Form is available on Audiobulb. [Release page]

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