(Isounderscore)

Arastoo Darakhshan is a young composer from the Bay Area, this vinyl album being his second release. Although not exactly breaking any new ground, these three tracks constitute a pretty focused – and at times very interesting – example of “active ambient music”. “Three” works better at low volume, situation in which the functional analysis that Arastoo applies to his sources – including piano and female vocals among a series of undetermined synthetic sounds – brings respectable results, as we’re in presence of endearing atmospheres whose sugar level is luckily kept next to zero, thanks to precise compositional skills privileging the odd resonance rather than the easy meditational soundtrack. All in all, a good example of sober electronica, made all the more enjoyable by the duration of the pieces, never overstaying their welcome and giving us an idea of the artist’s personality in concise and unpretentious manner.

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