Isan - Digitalis

Darla
(DRL098: 708527009826)
Release date: 02/21/2000
Genre: Electronic, Pop-Ambient



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English duo of Robin Saville and Antony Ryan make beautiful sounds, picking up their signals from deep space, like pulse coded informational rhythmic tone clusters of synthetic extraterrestrial folk music of cellular activities, breathing, bubbling, and fizzing with life.

All instrumental, seven tracks, bringing to mind; Cluster, Microstoria, To Rocco Rot, and even grand daddies Kraftwerk. -- George Parsons, DREAM Magazine.

At home. The synthesizer sounds great, warm, embracing, lively, almost alive. But what's that noise, that strange hiss? You open up the main wooden cabinet. You suddenly realize that this synthesizer once was alive. It used to be a bug's family living room. The hiss and the buzz is caused by, now long dead, little bug kids who glued themselves to the filter circuits and who tried to play table tennis on the A-C-adaptor. "Should I clean the inside? Should I get rid of the cracklings?," you ask yourself. No way, you like what you hear. This keyboard is alive. It‘s good that way. You close the door and start recording... If our mutual friend found beetles in his synth, ISAN'S equipment must be inhabited by proper salamanders, pattering constantly over circuits, stumbling over wires.

Robin and Toe, the two mates operating this 'Integrated Services Analogue Network' (ISAN), appreciate the salamander's help and dedicated this whole album to their little friend. A couple of years ago, they both met in Leicester, discovered a common interest in "using dodgy old keyboards to make a dodgy old noise" and started recording together. Mixing the simple beauty of melodies generated with analogue keyboards and the bumpy, quirky rhythms old drum machines create when you switch them on, ISAN produce some of the most irresistible pop anthems the whole family can hum along to.

1. Zip Left, Zip Right
2. Falling
3. Bean Sea
4. M. Mouse
5. Reno
6. Dilly
7. Quink Like Ink

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