Monstrum Sepsis Movement
By Marcus Pan
I'm not quite sure if we reviewed Monstrum
Sepsis' last album, Doors & Windows(1), late or if they just
released this album quickly. I don't feel like checking because I'm probably
late for one reason or another, so we'll just assume that rather than depress
myself with definite knowledge. I will mention however that Movement has
come out less than a month ago (street date 4/12/2005), so I don't feel too
Anyway Monstrum Sepsis are made up of duo Rob Wentz and Paul
Karlik. Movement is an instrumental chill-out album of course,
alternating between soothing chill out and heavier techno-laced ensembles.
Overall the album is very fine, released in digipak, and an excellent addition
to any electronic music aficionados shelf next to Autechre(2), Von
Magnet(3), AFX(4) and would even appeal to Chemical Brothers fans as well with
its faster paced work (Wasted & Shaven, for example).
Monstrum Sepsis' work is rhythmically superior to most other
artists of the genre. You can state this right away with the opening Trojan
Horse with its interesting combination of brush-stroke percussion and
constant rhythmic changes beginning almost immediately with the track. This
opens up into a beautifully strengthened industrial like rhythm that drives the
track continuously while synth ensembles take a back seat for the journey.
Least makes me think almost exclusively of AFX (circa
Analogue Bubblebath). Beat Per Trip follows and opens funky with
a drum 'n bass heavy handed style, using mechanical scratches as a percussive
bass very interesting and rewarding work. A spicy techno flavor leads
on. Through a lot of Movement we'll alternate between heavy drum 'n bass
styles and lighter chill-out trance.
Tom Thumb is one of the later, but includes a
riveting entertaining bass funk line that winds about peppering the otherwise
smooth synth track. A Place and Time meanwhile immediately brightens
Movement up with its higher-octave electronic melodies, allowing the
keyboards to take on more control this time following the bassline's captivity
of the previous track.
This is a fine release, an excellent release even. I enjoy
it a lot and I'll be keeping it. I wasn't as impressed with the previously
reviewed Doors & Windows, but I find myself really digging
Movement and wishing AFX or Autechre would come back. But even if they
don't, I'm fine now. Monstrum Sepsis is here. This shit would go down great at
an all night rave.
WTII Records, LLC
Post: PO Box 13495, Chicago, IL, 60613, USA
Phone: (773) 755-2415
(1) Reviewed in
Amber was reviewed way back in Legends
(3) Their Electro Flamenco CD was
reviewed in Legends #143 and De
LAimant in #149.
(4) See the
review of AFXs Analogue Bubblebath in