This solo recording from Australian musician Alex Gillett mixes the sounds of early 90's IDM with the instrumental flourishes of post-rock. Gillett has seemingly composed the music on this recording as something to which one should listen in one sitting; many of these tracks would seem out of place on a twelve-inch single, dance music's preferred format. This is an admirable attempt to blur the boundaries between electronic and ambient music. Unfortunately too many weak tracks detract from the flow of this recording, leaving this a rather uneven collection with a few choice tracks.
Several of the more beat-driven tracks are quite interesting. The album's second track, "As Far From Here as Possible," is perhaps the strongest of these. This track showcases Gillett's ability to produce works in the vein of SAW-era Aphex Twin. The strength of this track (and to a lesser extent, similar tracks on this recording) is the way Gillett's synth work complements his drum programming; instead of using a static drum loop, Gillett's drum-beat changes as his synth line develops. One gets the sense that Gillett might have been better off just pressing some of the stronger tracks on singles; "As Far From Here as Possible" is the sort of track that would be moderately successful in finding a niche in various electronic circles.
Unfortunately, some of the slower tracks, especially near the end of the record, are simply forgettable. For instance, the piano-driven "My Veins Are Blocked" is a boring track that just makes you wish the record were over. The album's closer, "For My Friend" (yes, I feel like a dick for criticizing a track with a name like that), is similarly mediocre. In fact, on first listen, I didn't even realize that these were two different tracks (particularly galling when one realizes that another track comes between these two). Overall, this isn't a terrible release. However, rather than listen to this again, I'll stick with recordings from the Kompakt label when I want this kind of music. 5/10 -- Jonathan Rahardjo (18 August, 2010)