Intrusion – The Seduction Of Silence (album review)

As Echospace, the duo of Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell breathed an icy chill into the fall of 2007 with The Coldest Season, a mesmerizing blend of minimal techno, ambient, and dub music that conjured up images of glacial fields and crystalline exhalations of breath. Each busy producers with many projects to their names, they made it sound entirely too easy, instantly proving that there was a great deal more fertile ground to be explored in the genre.

Following only a half-year later, Modell released the solo album Incense and Black Light and veered down an even darker passage, with a solid batch of minimal thumpers that didn’t quite flow as well as the duos previous work together. Now, it’s Hitchell’s turn for a solo release, and The Seduction Of Silence basically finds him picking up where Echospace left off.

If The Coldest Season was the sound of winter, though, The Seduction Of Silence is the sound of the thaw. The dub, ambient, and minimal techno touch-points are still all there, but there’s much more of an emphasis on reggae as an influence. Paul St. Hilaire (aka Tikiman) even makes an appearance on a several tracks, adding organ to one and vocals to another. As with the other styles they’ve integrated, it’s been melted down and added in a way that only adds to the clean-lined feel of the songs themselves.

Opener “Montego Bay” sets the stage with a perfect example of what’s to come as warm melodic hits refract off one another as slurping beats veer between offbeat and four on the floor. Like Echospace, the actual sounds on The Seduction Of Silence don’t vary a great deal, but it’s again a credit to Hitchell that he keeps things incredibly interesting throughout. Without a doubt, the album centerpieces are the one-two punch of “Tswana Dub” and “Intrusion Dub,” which clock in at an average of 11 minutes apiece and again climb the ladder with subtle shifts in both rhythm and melody that find interlocking echo effects, percussive hits, and multiple washing layers of sound all sliding together in beautiful ways. The latter is particularly effective, moving forward with what’s easily the fastest BPM on the entire release as it drops swarming notes of electronics and melodica that wrap around each other and ratchet up the energy of the track even more.

“Intrusion Dub” – Intrusion

Another difference with The Coldest Season, is that there isn’t a single track on The Seduction Of Silence that doesn’t feature any percussion. Even when the release veers off into less rhythmic waters, there’s some sort of underpinning. “Twilight” is one of said pieces, conjuring up images of the title with a groggy, delayed beat that shuffles awkwardly through a nocturnal fog.

“Twilight” – Intrusion

Basically, if you like work that you’ve heard from the duo in the past, or are into the whole Basic Channel, Gas, Modern Love, minimal techno, etc vibe, this is a must-have. Clocking in at nearly 80 minutes, it’s one of those releases that’s solid enough to drive things in the foreground and yet tranquil (but not in a bad way) enough to slip into your subconscious.

(buy The Seduction Of Silence at amazon.com)

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4 Responses to “Intrusion – The Seduction Of Silence (album review)”

  1. something excellent » Blog Archive » Brock Van Wey – White Clouds Drift On And On (album review) Says:

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