Let us take you back to 2006, the year which some of you might remember for outbreaks of avian flu or the 250th birthday of Mozart, but that will actually be remembered for the third release of Planet Boelex on Monotonik. Misplaced EP is a masterpiece of beautiful, layered synths and IDM drum elements.
Forgive me, analogy old and weary, for disturbing you once more during your well-deserved rest, and let us compare Planet Boelex’s musical poetry with a painting, if you will. Though IDM made by lesser gods often suffers from the a-lot-of-different-colors-make-a-quite-unpleasing-brownish-tint, this is not the case here. Planet Boelex knows his art, his canvas is silence. The synths and pads which serve as base layers of cyan, green and yellow are decisively added in broad strokes, but without smothering the underlying calm of the cloth. Pleasantly crackling noise, distant hihats and other drum elements enhance what is already present and the painting comes to life, pulsating to the heartbeat of a growling bassline.
The four tracks on Misplaced EP are quite different. ‘Diciassette Anni’ combines the aforementioned classic Boelex composition with vocals written and performed by Valentina Gualtieri. ‘Seadreamers’ is the odd song of the bunch, which sees Boelex trade most of his synths for a guitar. However, every track breathes that special quality that one comes to recognize as a sort of beautiful melancholy always present in Planet Boelex’s tracks.
If you like what you hear, we absolutely recommend other releases from Planet Boelex. One of my personal favourites is the one hour liveset he played at Virus Festival in Lithuania, back in 2007. You can find it here. [SVB]
Planet Boelex – Seadreamers
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