Etic - Feedback
Article posted by TweeKUniT on 12/10/2005 11:43AM
Etic is one of the precious few israeli artists who doesnâ€™t make full-power full on. Its refreshing to see the melding of styles he creates when he writes, its not quite progressive, but not quite full on- something that hovers nicely in between with elements of both. â€œFeedbackâ€ is his 2nd album on Translucent, after his successful release â€œTouch Upsâ€- and he continues where he left off. A very original and trademark sound, Eticâ€™s music is groovy and percussive, with uplifting melodies and musical ideas.
The album opens with â€œGot my Senses Backâ€- Warm and funky music with a nice progressive direction. Winding sounds and a bass that makes you move, this oneâ€™s a nice opening track. â€œWishesâ€ is up next, and its not as flowing and windy- more flat beat with nice tribal atmospheres. The 2nd half of the track opens up with some nice uplifting melodies and a nice gallop- one for the Sunday afternoon I think.
â€œLast Tuneâ€ has a very pounding bass, and is very percussion driven. Reminds me a little bit of some of the tracks on the older album. Electrical Inspiration takes it a little bit more into melodic progressive territory- perhaps a little too much for me in this one. Not a bad track, but takes the high end noises a bit far for my taste.
â€œUntitled Yetâ€ returns the album to deeper and more pounding territory, driving bass this one has. Keeping its nice minimal touch, but moving into some more full-on influences now. â€œMiscommunicationâ€ is one id class totally in the morning full-on genre- driving bassline with a bit more intensity in sound and rhythm. Nice to see he caters for more than one crowd.
â€œAspects of Musicâ€ is up next, probably one of my favourite tracks of the CD. Seen it working well on the dancefloor, its just got a nice minimal vibe without too much melody. Nice percussion and bass- solid track to keep the dancefloor moving. â€œFeedbackâ€ moves the album into deeper more progressive territory again, slowing down the groove a bit. Bit more space than some of the tracks, reminds me a little of liquid soulâ€™s stuff. Nice work.
The album finishes with 2 more electro/ambient style tracks (Late Echoes of Goa and RU Cool), nice dubby vibes, soundscapes and percussive elements. A nice end to a nice see, one that showcases the full width of this talented artistâ€™s style.
Itâ€™s always refreshing to see something different out of Israel, and I had been a fan of Etic since his first album. I wouldnâ€™t say this release sets any new benchmarks, but it does keep a consistant groovy vibe throughout and is a maturation of the sounds heard in Eticâ€™s last album. This guy definitely has a bright future ahead of him, congratulations on a nice release and look forward to hearing more Etic music in the future.
Review by Jesse Kuch