Illuminant Shatter, Dissolved’s third album for 2016, is yet another bustling percussive trove. An emblematic audible flurry and vibrant collage art piece.
Dissolved, a Glasgow-born, Vancouver-based artist, has a prolific musical activity stream. Illuminant Shatter, his third album for 2016, is yet another bustling percussive trove.
I tend to gravitate towards Dissolved’s penchant for Artificial Intelligence-era IDM. Soft pads, punchy beats, winding melodies, all rolled up into a creative blurring of the senses. Ambient sheets fall upon dense rhythm structures as evidenced on “Petrichoral.” Mind expanding atmospheric circles rotate on “Sercile,” “Fadefields,” and “Expanse Azure.” But just as Dissolved weaves precision tones, “Scent of Memory” recalls early moments by Toytronic artists Abfahrt Hinwil, Ochre, Boc Scadet et al, and Illuminant Shatter offers familiar brisk electrical moments. His sonic signature is in full color mode on “Meta Tides,” “Submersophone” and “A Diagonal Life.” These three pieces feature sputtered percussion, heavy synthesizer bleeps and a roughened nostalgic shimmer.
An exploratory (mid-90s-era) electronica avalanche of epic proportion, Dissolved continues to roll out the goods, one after the other, without pause. Illuminant Shatter, as a result, is an emblematic audible flurry and vibrant collage art piece.
Illuminant Shatter is available on Dissolvedamberrooms.