According to AvoidAudio?s Myspace, he/she/they/it hail(s) from the Netherlands, which leads me to believe that too many bad mushroom trips influenced this one?Not that that?s a bad thing!
With that being said, the music here is a dark score of alien deep space transmissions. Scrambled radio interference and crackle with deep bass pulses and sci-fi strings. Although the album does have plenty of beat workouts like track ?OX512? or the skittery track four. ?Common Exceptions,? this is definitely not club music,?not unless you were destined to dance with the damned on that haunted ship from Event Horizon. In fact, the beats sound more like some broken dubstep, glitch, or breakcore. Beats so sick they wanna punch you in the fuckin face. But this ain?t solely bout the beats. Probably what?s best about this album are the moods created. Ambient hiss and ghostly crackle create space and set a haunting tone, as on the opener ?Thought 001,? the microtonal ?Broken Box,? or ?The Look Behind the Eyes.? Much of the album has that claustrophobic feel as if you?re visiting some forgotten alien space colony (think Aliens).
I keep thinking about how a couple years ago the press went crazy over the first Burial album on Hyperdub and how it marked the arrival of dubstep. It was touted such an emotional masterpiece. Then, just last year you got ?The Idea is Being Killed by Another Thought? on the self proclaimed "experimental (or whatever) music? label HeilsKabaal. If it were up to me, I?d take the latter over the former. AvoidAudio is harder, darker, and moodier. 7/10 -- Michael Flora (18 June, 2008)