Move D, Drone

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It’s hard not to hear Move D’s tracks as essentially calm. Consider this: “Quit Quittin'” is one of his most jacking recent songs, plush with arpeggiated trickles and acid stabs (not to mention the shrill of “oh YEAH”), but Move D stabilized the whole thing with a gentle analog suspire. The calmness, a major thread in David Moufang’s music, is almost as consistent as Move D himself. After almost 15 years of producing, he shows no signs of complacency; Move D has kept a workmanlike pace that never comes across as belabored. Instead, tracks like “Ac1d” and “Got Thing” sound so assured, so deliberate that their pacing verges on matter-of-fact.

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Thankfully, his work is also inhabitable — for all the smooth exteriors, Move D makes sure each is inviting. For his forthcoming ambient album, Songs from the Beehive, he crafts warm and comforting spaces from crisp sounds. With “Drøne,” Move D invites you to get lost. The limited edition single is straightforward – one endless glissando and spiraling drums – their effect is anything but. Beginning with a gasp, “Drøne” takes it’s time before it kicks into full gear. There’s a clear trajectory, as the initial sprinkles of noise and delay setup the back half’s chug. The drums owe a large debt to Basic Channel, as well as the vinyl’s generic packaging, but Move D isn’t worried about killing his idols – he takes their strengths and makes them his own. On the same token, the drone drifts and sways like an introspective cousin to “Mandarine Girl.” But touchstones be damned — “Drøne” is fully-formed. You could call it one long brood of a track, but it’s just as much a calming one. It’s a funny paradox, but one that’s easy to get lost in.

chrisdisco  on June 16, 2008 at 9:24 PM

“Drøne is fully-formed.” well put. D has already put out some amazing stuff this year, but i think this is probably the best of it. truly special.

Heartbeat  on June 24, 2008 at 4:45 AM

Your post is (a little bit too) well written! Congrats.
I feel the same about Drone, too. Don’t get me wrong I love it, but it’s almost too “perfect”… don’t you think?
Too much cerebrum not enough guts?

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