Album Review

Isan – “Plans Drawn In Pencil ” – [Morr Music]

johnnydarko   11/8/2006   A Library, CD

Two chaps from the UK since 1996, ISAN (Integrated Services Analogue Network)
is often compared to Boards of Canada. Hearing the album reminds me of the soft electronic tracks from Radiohead. PDIP features short digestible pieces for easy access into their world with a quick escape hatch. The melodic and warm electronica stays simple and dreamy Tracks are quite similar and feel orchestrated in the way the melodies play off of one another from beginning to end. For instance, track 11. Seven Mile Marker uses the same 4 notes of the melody of Track 1. Look and Yes, just in a different key. There are no harsh sounds on this disc. Tracks are made completely of manipulated electronic sounds that mimic soft bass, afro/cuban style drums, bells, metronome (Yttrium) and finger-snapping (Corundum). The album has a bit of white noise feel to it even becomes borderline New Age with track 10. Stickland. The good thing about plans drawn in pencil is that they can be constantly changed, the drawback that it all can just as easily be erased.

-johnny darko

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