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Subtractivelad Suture

Stephen Hummel has all the ingredients here for a really well-done, standard-issue experimental release-and therein lies the problem. Despite the dynamic soundscapes of "Petals," the nanobotic percussion programming of "Sleepwalker," and Hummel‘s arsenal of custom virtual instruments, Suture takes us down some pretty familiar roads--where echoes of early Neo Ouija, Rephlex, and Vertical Form are repackaged and stamped "experimental." Although smoothly engineered, the balance tends to be tipped in favor of brooding synth pressure and largeness of sound, which often overshadows some of the album‘s truly brilliant moments.

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