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19.5 Collective
  • Artist: 19.5 Collective
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 669910907023
  • Item #: SRD090702
  • Genre: Electronic
  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • This product is a special order
  • Rank: 1000000000
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19.5 Collective on CD

Awash with stuttered beats, movie samples, synthesized basslines, and bizarre sound effects, the approach that the 19.5 Collective takes towards their electronic compositions would suggest a hurried, abrasive sound. But for every jarring moment, there is an army of fuzzy keyboards and muted synths to counteract the effect and give it a warm touch. Put it all together and you have their eponymous debut, a beautiful exploration of sound that subtly massages the soul with a vast array of pleasant computer sounds. Despite the lack of organic music found here, these Michigan natives do an excellent job of avoiding the cold and calculated feel of many of their contemporaries. Minor elements, such as the quiet guitar breakdown at the end of 'All Purple' or the slow Moog breakdowns in the shifting 'Segment,' give the listener space between the computer-heavy segments surrounding them. Rarely sticking to one particular sound, the record jumps from the dance-friendly throb of techno to sparse, ambient soundscapes without a hitch. The occasional track may not transition it's various elements well, as is the case with the classical flourishes that intrude on the otherwise hypnotic 'Korbrekulus.' But the overall album is a success, anticipating the like-minded Southeastern Michigan scene that would develop a few years later. Ever changing and always interesting, the 19.5 Collective's debut is a lush slab of Midwestern techno that should appeal to fans of experimental electronica.