by: Zero One
Zero One combines classic ambient atmospheres with subtle beats. On one hand, this self-titled release recalls the age of vintage electronica, with its seeming allusions to Tangerine Dream ("Waken") and Kraftwerk ("Trust"). But Zero One brings these influences up to date with contemporary production flourishes and extended trance-inducing passages. One of Zero One's calling cards is the repeated vocal sample, such as on "Hell Is Cooling Off." These samples act as markers as listeners drift through the gauzy world of wide synth washes, squiggly sound effects, and embryonic rhythm pulses. At times the album seems to be free-falling through space, at others moving steadily through the belly of a friendly, over-active computer, but even in these strange territories, ZERO ONE is a surprisingly inviting listen.