XINNER - DREAM RESONATOR 12" (ESP INSTITUTE)
Robotron is the machine formerly known as Xinner. This is its first offering for the ESP Institute. Side A’s 'Dream Resonator' is an idiosyncratic network — dexterous drum programming, ebbing and flowing arpeggios, syncopated counter-melodies, and a hail of strings that diffuses into ethereal vapor — orchestrally stacked into an aptly-named anthem. Side B’s 'Ice' takes a similar approach in terms of arrangement, each instrument carving a niche in the track’s mechanics for a glorious convergence of patterns. But, where side A proves optimistic, here we sense a more menacing undercurrent, articulated by an unsparing assault of towering kicks and claps that are so compressed, they fill up every dark corner of negative space. Indeed, Robotron has an innate command for building and calibrating robust systems, but beneath this calculated veil we find the remnant human behavior of Xinner. These two songs whisper loudly but scream quietly.