Plastiq Phantom :: Enjoy The Art Of Lying Down Review
Even hardcore music fans must admit that 'intelligent dance music' is in peril of becoming as wonky and unexciting as stamp collecting. But Seattle's Darrin Wiener-aka Plastiq Phantom- is one of a handful of young American producers out to steer IDM away from the processing-trick-of-the-month-club, most recently on his debut album, Enjoy the Art of Lying Down. In a move destined to scandalize the geekiest IDM geeks, Wiener uses loads of straight-outta-the-preset sort of sounds, complete with pomp-y strings and chimes, while the stately, intricate beats of a cut like "Kicking Mister Bubbles" come across more like the work of an orchestral percussionist than a breakbeat kingpin. Wiener's knack for old-old-old-school concepts like melody, structure, and even classical counterpoint means that the tinkling tune behind the stripped down techno of '492 Cups to China' sticks with you like a double order of lo mein and the tiptoeing melody line, echoing strings, and skittering beats of 'Edison' will haunt your steps on lonely streets for weeks.
- Lee Gardner