Kirill Platonkin‘s Our Eternal Alarm opens with just the sort of attenuated, tantalizing, hold-your-breath ambience that in the pre-digital era would have been accomplished with a sea of violins, whose carefully conducted overlapping would have provided the familiar illusion of one endless, smooth field of sound. Needless to say, Platonkin, like so many musicians today, can accomplish such an effect with relative ease (no violin bows to coordinate, though likely plenty of USB cables to untangle), but the lingering sense of “The Stream,” as the fluidly paced track is knowingly titled, seems to pay homage to its symphonic predecessor with a rough shimmer that hints at the texture of literal or proverbial catgut (MP3).
At nearly nine minutes of playing time, it has more than enough space for Platonkin to stretch out in, plenty of room for ghostly echoes, haunted machines, and all manner of ambiguous droning. There isn’t a downbeat or a rhythmic cue to it, yet it seems propelled by a forward sense of development.
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