Various : Switches
Musical experimentation is a dodgy territory to stray on to sometimes. Unless the end result has some positive point, the whole thing can quite easily end up sounding like it was made by a bunch of kids set free in a kitchen - and before you say anything, if as an artiste, this is your concept, you really ought to get out more because there is a big difference between what is music and creation, and just random noise.
By and large the tracks are instrumental, the occasional human voice being a carefully selected sampled sound rather than anything bespoke to the piece. Organic instruments mix harmoniously with the predominant electronics. Beats come and go, mirroring the peaks and troughs of the beloved sine wave. The mood swings between the positive and the positively dark, but all the while the unexpected lurks. Not that there are any sudden volleys of sound to break the low-key feel, but as with most experimental efforts, you never really know what you've got until it has passed. For this reason, a feeling of slight tension exists within the album, not enough to destroy the more relaxing, alpha-wave moments, but it lurks nonetheless.
It's up to you how you deal with this sort music of course. You could just as easily reject it as pointless electronic bimbling as cite it as a work of art. Whatever you do, it seems Audiobulb have worked hard to locate some of the more esoteric creative talents out there, and they must be applauded for their bravery in putting this stuff out.
:: Tom Alford