Kamran Sadhegi – Through Thickness – CD – Dragon’s Eye

 

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Sadeghi is only known to me under his project name, Son of Rose, whose previous incarnations have been reviewed within these pages, having also been published by Dragon’s Eye. Through Thickness sees Sadeghi operating under what I assume to be his own name, jettisoning the “band” name for a project that thoroughly explores rhythm and rhythmic elements. Opening piece, “Day Break”, whilst not the strongest piece of work here, plunges us into a sampladelic delight, a skippy, trippy piece that flutters and warbles through all manner of permutations. Planar Graph, however, sees Sadeghi tinkering with the kind of “blips and beats” aesthetic, best exemplified by Noto, Ikeda, and Bretschneider to name but a few. His approach is similar, and indeed, I would say he has been listening intently to some of the raster noton back catalogue to ignite inspiration for the next few tracks, pin sharp rhythmic stabs, and organic, scratchy overlays, or blippy central themes being the order of the day.

Sadhegi has clearly used this CD as a springboard for various experiments and divergent approaches. Not a new thing by any means, but I find it fascinating to see how artists’ ideas develop over the course of an hour, trying and testing formulas, using more successful remedies as a basis with which to work and develop. Sadhegi uses a lot more reverb than the aforementioned luminaries, creating stuttering cyberspatial atmospherics, verging on techno, but pulling back before it lapses into cliché. Pieces like Haptic take the same approach, but reduce the pace and rhythm, creating something infinitely more mysterious and resonant, a much more successful technique that will prevent his work from being labelled as “derivative”. As the CD goes on, Sadhegi finds his own voice, and as the pace slows, the sequences become more spacious and interesting – still carrying the essence of that infamous raster noton style, but with more unique and original inclusions. Overall, I found this to be a fascinating and exciting entry point to the world of Kamran Sadhegi, and I look forward to seeing whether his work operates to a formula, or whether he will entice us with further explorations. Great stuff. BGN

 

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