REVIEW: Mlada Fronta - "Oxydes"

By Marcus Pan

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OxydesMlada Fronta is another European noise/electronica act from France's Parametric label. This is the second Parametric 2-CD set I'm reviewing today, as I've just recently finished writing about Mimetic's Data Sensitive and Be-at_sound_a set.

Mlada Fronta open their set very futuristically with C0. The track applies soothing undertones of chords over which a staticky yet not-so-noisy rhythm of drum and bass is placed. It's an interesting effect with the noisesome rhythms applying a sort of frightening aspect to the track, but the underlying chordal tones soothing at the same time. The mixture is actually quite stunning. Well done!

The CD continues on, but begins to take on a noisier atmosphere. By Mn0 (track 5), with the blaring siren-like dirge, you tend to lose it. With the following N0 you are dropped headlong into a drum and bass fanatic's fantasy, but the track loses it after a while by becoming more monotonous than interesting - which is always a danger when you're creating a song that doesn't have much of a melody or overtone to speak of.

So by the time Sn0 hit, with its slowly floating synthwork and bell-like overtones, I was relieved and subliminated back into the futuristic landscape that Mlada Fronta opened Oxydes' disc 1 to begin with. A bit of static is applied to the beats to keep those noise-mongers happy, but here MF show another pleasant track with comforting music - much needed after the previous few. This futurism stance continues into Ti0, which really takes you away into another place with subtle undertones of fear and a wiggly little UFO-noise something that fades away giving birth to a developing rhythm and bassline. The UFO comes back though and picks you up for a bit of fun before you're dumped into U0 where the aliens beat on your skull repeatedly with an iron bar accompanied by harsh beats and not much else. I can therefore only assume that Rh0 is a recording of the anal probing procedure following the iron bar skull-buggery.

Needless to say, I was a bit worried about spinning the 2nd CD of the Oxydes collection after having to hear the brutal anal probing Mlada Fronta's alien friends gave the last guy on the first disc. I was also a little wary of the "unreleased tracks" notation that this CD holds. Fortunately however you taken away from the disturbing imagery invoked in the closing segments of the first CD and returned to the pleasant future sounds that Mlada Fronta do. By the end of track 2 you are once again infused with enjoyable rhythms and soulful melodies on Casio-style tones.

The beats of track 3 are heavy-handed and static-laden, but retain a rhythmic tilt nonetheless. Track 4 steps up the rhythmic pulsations with a faster BPM. The second CD of the Oxydes set closes with track 8, a growing ensemble of static, rhythm and smatterings of beats. It's a nice closing segment to the 2 CD set and while I'm not typically your staticy-noise fan, I do find this track a good listen because of its arrangement and the way it increases in state and sound and eerie guttural chorales.

As you can see, my feelings on Mlada Fronta's Oxydes are mixed, but I guarantee fans of static-driven electronica and ambient noise will eat this up.

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