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Meat Beat Manifesto
Answers Come In Dreams
(self-released)
www.meatbeatmanifesto.com


Jack Dangers, the lead character behind Meat Beat Manifesto, has provoked the underground electronic scene since the early eighties. His most recent project, Answers Come In Dreams, is his 13th studio album, a minimalistic tribute to a newer era of electronic music - dub step. Dangers is not the new kid on the block, and it is endearing to see such a revered figure take a stab at what the "young people" are doing. Dreams is a collection of contradictions, of yin-and-yang, of questions and answers, of REM and NREM sleep. During the album's eleven tracks, industrial drum breaks are cushioned by ambient and lucid soundscapes that feel, well, dream-like. The effect is mesmerizing.

The album opener, "Luminol," sifts back and forth while a simple, repeated bass line descends. "Quietus" charms its audience as the phrase "Sometimes I wonder why \ Sometimes I wonder why \ Sometimes I wonder why" repeats. In "Please" a dense percussion pattern is stretched over six minutes. As a self-proclaimed minimalistic, it is evident that Dangers has not digressed from this position with Answers Come In Dreams. "I don't feel like this is a new direction. It's just an extension of my sound - maybe it's more minimal than previous records." And that's unfortunate. For an artist who has been making music for two decades, Answers Come In Dreams sounds premature - like a giddy teenager booting up Ableton for the first time. What makes minimalism artistically stable, particularity as a musical style, is its ability to redirect the listener's attention to nuances. Generally such music is based upon several repetitive structures that are modified slowly, but noticeably over time. Dangers starts with these repetitive structures but gets overzealous with the loop button, rarely adding anything new to the arrangement or altering the tonal or rhythmic qualities of each track's preexisting structure. The sound "design" in Dreams is conventional and static, with most of the timbre elements remaining consistent through the tracks. Without these dynamics or even additive elements aside from these select, repeated bars of music, Answers Come In Dreams is still water.

The album's only interesting track "# Zero," is dominated by a synthesized non-western melody that is reminiscent of early acid tracks. Yet, analogous with the rest of the album, the rash repetitions of the arpeggiated blops quickly become bland. The plane never left the hanger and it seems that Dangers is struggling to find the start key. Perhaps Dreams will be a foundation for a solid follow-up, one that will synthesize his latest approach with his earlier work. But until such a time, Dangers is still working with the raw materials - he has yet to do the cooking.

- Parker Tichko

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