Anders Ilar comes back with an intelligent minimal techno album, full of ambient and glitch elements that compliment the ongoing groove in every single way. And I guess it wouldn't be fair to file Sworn under minimal techno. After all, the only stylistic hint at that category is its four-four beat, and not on every track. The rest of the music is as close to techno as was The Last Resort by Trentemøller (I mean that in a good way). And I don't just accidentally mention that name
The hookiness, warmth and depth in the tracks evokes dewy landscapes and sunny skies along with the dark, lonely spaces he’s carved out as his own. Ilar’s intricate music has found homes on a long list of labels including Cologne’s Plong!, the Danish dub-techno imprint Echocord, Miami’s Merck along with its sub Narita and more recently on Düsseldorf’s Level Records. While Ilar has always crafted his productions with openness, culling influences from across the board from hip-hop to glitch to techno, his work is most often underpinned by a sense of cold space and loneliness – the sparse abstractions on the minimalist Dutch label Audio. nl were not so far removed from the dark electro-house on Shitkatapult. Sworn, Ilar’s fifth album, sees a brightening of his characteristic darkness.
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For this latest album, Ilar goes far beyond the ordinary parameters of music formatted around techno beats and delves into a far more involved electronica sound. Although tracks like opener 'Hillside' and the electroacoustically slanted 'Colours Of Rain' are keen to slap a kick sound on every crotchet, it could almost be an arbitrary gesture to signpost this music towards a comfortable genre classification. It's been two years since Anders Ilar recorded his excellent Organza EP for Level Rec, and with Sworn he returns for a full-length outing. For this latest album, Ilar goes far beyond the ordinary parameters of music formatted around techno beats and delves into a far more involved electronica sound.
00:07:12) Anders Ilar - Imaginary Trees With Silver Leaves. 7. (00:04:29) Anders Ilar - Tomorrow Never Came. 8. (00:06:18) Anders Ilar - Can't Force A Tree To Grow. 9. (00:06:01) Anders Ilar - Path To The Sky. Archive content.
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|2||Colors Of Rain||6:04|
|3||Icarus & Pegasus||5:44|
Featuring [Audio-Material By] – Fredrik Hedvall
|5||Made For Us To Love||6:49|
|6||Imaginary Trees With Silver Leaves||7:14|
|7||Tomorrow Never Came||4:32|
|8||Can't Force A Tree To Grow||6:20|
|9||Path To The Sky||6:03|
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- Copyright (c) – Level Records
- Artwork, Photography By – Nicola Roman Walbeck
NotesTrack 5 is taken from "Top Ten" 1/3 Level-10a
Track 8 and Track 11 are taken from "Organza EP" Level-07
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Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Text): 6 61956 61462 0
- Barcode (Scanned): 6 61956 61462 0
- Label Code: LC14898
|LVL-11-LP||Anders Ilar||Sworn (2xLP)||Level Records||LVL-11-LP||Germany||2008|
|LVL-11-CD/LP||Anders Ilar||Sworn (CDr, Album, Promo)||Level Records||LVL-11-CD/LP||Germany||2008|