Taken from : http://popstalinist.blogspot.com/2010/0 ... -2010.html
Anodyne used to be on Skam, the fabled label run by early-mid 90's Autechre, the original home of Boards of Canada and others. After over a decade of relative silence, Anodyne is back supporting Autechre on their recent European tour and coming out with their first album in 14 years, Corrosion.
I started off as an IDM kid, as you might know. Over 10 years since the zenith of that particular scene, the signature Artificial Intelligence sound is becoming harder and harder to find - so many acts have gone off in different directions, to more straightforward acid sounds (AFX, Luke Vibert), to jazz (Squarepusher, Plaid), techno (The Black Dog) or to silence (Boards of Canada). Corrosion sounds out of time, sounding at first like a forgotten early-90's Warp album only recently uncovered and released, before it starts to take on the characteristics of many recognizable strains of IDM. It's sort of a "super IDM" album.
The common frame of reference is early Autechre. We're talking Incunabula here - there are the looming, dystopic sci-fi synth pads and majestic swoops of that era in the IDM luminaries' sound, but this album is a relic of those times when IDM was electronic dance music that you could listen to through headphones. This is a dance record. The first track " even with its dreamy, echoing synths, retains the muscular bass and 4/4 beat of club music, and the dark, unmistakably Skam-esque "Close Your Eyes" breaks down into acid house sequencing in the final minutes of the song. The propulsive drum and bass of "Awaken from your Dream" late Aphex Twin crossed with the almost church-like organic synth sensibility of Boards of Canada.
Title track "Corrosion" is straight out of Incunabula, with its robotic drum break and its booming, dark rave bass. "Darken" starts off bordering on EBM before transitioning into hard acid. "Goodbye is Never Enough" gives a brief reprieve back through the austere, bottomless soundscapes of early Autechre before coming back to hardcore dark rave in "Wasteland", sounding almost like a lost Filth-era Venetian Snares track before those familiar haunting synths start floating around on top of it. "707" moves the Autechre comparisons forward a bit, to the towering sci-fi epics of Tri Repetae ++. It's the breakout track on a strong album.
"Chemical Sunset" is something of a misstep, its overabundant attitude and booming 4/4 beat running roughshod over all other elements of the song. "Haze" recalls the dark rave that Detrimentalist-era Venetian Snares evoked so well - the addition of acid bass later in the song makes it sound like a particularly good Last Step tune. "Walk Into Darkness" follows along those same lines, with an even bigger, thudding rhythm before shifting into seriously dancefloor-ready breaks. By all rights, it should be tearing up any goth / EBM night it gets dropped into. The final track, "Alchemy", with its shuffling beat and distant pads, gives way to a seriously fantastic rave buildup, a great way to end the album.
I'm doing Anodyne a disservice by describing (and thus defining) their music strictly in terms of the output of other artists, but it's just too difficult to describe music as "IDM" and leave that as a good descriptor of what it sounds like, and it's just not often that a record like this comes out, these days. Anodyne has a very distinct take on what we know of as IDM, one that's darker and more dancefloor-oriented than you might expect. Definitely worth a listen for fans of any of the artists I mentioned.