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Percussive Minimal Techno MP3

Detroit-based musician Ryan Crosson‘s The Plane Ride EP, on the Archipel netlabel, opens with its strongest material: “Bow String,” six and a half minutes of cross-step minimal techno built almost entirely from percussive elements, just a scattering of ping pong balls, heart monitors, thumbed drums and more. The remainder of the set is more standard. “RyePickle and Cheese” may up the ante in terms of how antic it gets, but it’s also a bit too eager to please. Ditto “Blue to Green,” which eventually adopts what amounts to a riff, and spoils the sedate background it had built up to that point, and the title cut, which, albeit bubbly, follows a familiar template. “Bow String” (MP3) is the keeper. Dated July 18, the EP is Archipel’s eighth and most recent release thus far. Check it out at archipel.cc.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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