Aria Rostami - Uniform

 Cat: AB049
 Time: September 2013
 Media: Digital Download

 Info: Uniform is a "remix album" and a follow up to my 
 debut album Form. Form was about the deconstruction of 
 sound while Uniform is about the reconstruction of it. 
 The songs were put together mostly by constructing field 
 recordings, randomly recorded piano parts, and so on to 
 create source material and then combined afterword to 
 create songs.   

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 01. Midori
02. Tokyo
03. Cleare (Ollie Bown Remix)
04. White
05. Streetlights As Fairgrounds (Saine Remix)
06. Memorium: The Choir
07. Triagnol
08. Cleare (Shawn Dickerson Remix)
REVIEWS | Uniform

 Last but not least, we figured we ought to pay homage to the city's vibrant underground IDM and experimental 
 electronica scene. Aria Rostami is a recent signee to the audiomoves netlabel (an imprint of the venerable Sheffield,
 UK-based Audiobulb). His recent release, Uniform,  is an ambient sound collage comprised of cleverly manipulated 
 field  recordings, heavily reverbed upright piano, and glitchy rhythms that  brings to mind the work of Christian 
 Fennesz, John Duncan, and Brian  Eno. Tracks like "Tokyo" and "Midori" show Rostami experimenting with the kind
 of soundscape design that evokes a rain-drenched afternoon in the city..

 This second release signed by San Francisco based sonic designer Aria  Rostami titled Uniform has been 
 introduced both as a remix album  (although this release contains just three proper remixes) and as a  follow up to 
 his lovely debut album Form I spoke about some months ago  just because while the latter was based on 
 deconstruction of sound, the former concerns the reconstruction of it, but this approach centered on a  totally 
 different way of processing sound (or emotions...) could let  think about something new coming from the same 
 source for inspiration,  the gentle and sometimes foggy slopes of Rostami's city. In spite of the  importance of some 
 compositional aspects, what really matters in my  modest opinion is not a comparison between Form and Uniform, 
 but the  preservation of Rostami's intimate enchantment, which has kept his  wholeness even though some matter 
 has been processed according to different standards: psychedelic melodious breezes blow on field  recordings, 
 delayed piano touches, percussive tingles, stifled metallic  sounds, so that all tracks sound like evoking a veiled 
 feeling of opacified purity. It's clear Rostami's past experiences related to the  production of scores for films in
 many moments of Uniform, even in those ones where he seems to fill sound machines' wires with laudanum  
 ("Memorium: The Choir", "Triagnol" - what a lovely cameo! -, "White"),  whereas in other moments his 
 agglomerative sound (re)processing reminds  some sonic artifacts by Arovane, Boards Of Canada or Bauri 
 ("Midori", "Tokyo").

 It's astonishing the way the three remixers kept remarkably high the psychedelic level and the daydreaming 
 emanations, being my favorite ones the treatment Shawn Dickerson reserved for "Cleare": the  mentioned remix
 let drip silicium and sugar from broken pipes carrying  fuel for dreams, letting resurface some past listenings of 
 mine such as  some stuff by Norken Lee Norris, and the highly cinematic version of  "Streetlights As Fairgrounds"
 by Saine.
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