Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin
Instrumental Tourist - SOFTWARE
FILTER Grade: 65%
By Kendah El-Ali on November 29, 2012
The pretentious art scene could honestly be a little more menacing. While definitely Unsound Festival material (where they just finished playing) with an unbridled—if not uncompromising—bent for the experimental, this collaboration between Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) unfortunately buckles under the weight of its largely inaccessible vision. It’s one thing to be sublime, it’s quite another to be incomprehensible (though “Vaccination [for Thomas Mann]” does stand out as an unwavering tower of spatial beauty). “Grey Geisha,” with its angular melodies, is at least creepy enough to be great, too. The album is Software’s first SSTUDIO Series release, which “invites artists in the field of electronic music to create and collaborative works of quality and vision.” Quality though it could be, if only the vision wasn’t so occluded.