Esem - Serial Human (Merck, 2003)
CD Merck MERCK 014 (USA, 03-2003)
04. Swift Urban Departure from What Was Once an Innocent Soul
05. Sofiatram as I Hear It
06. Square Lamp
07. Outburst Nue
08. Kyes Ivrload
09. Scatterhaunted & Vellin Street
10. Upward Instlr
11. Alipe Lacks
Note : Limited to 1000 copies (sold out).
Bulgarian George Marinov follows up his debut, Enveloped, by edging into more shadowy territories. Influenced on one hand by Detroit techno and its noir-ish urban futures, and on the other by '90s ambient, Serial Human sees Esem seeking a personal voice within the somewhat impersonal world of beat-driven electronica. It pulls one way, to variable effect, toward the current trend of experimental sound design, and another, more succesfully, toward a slightly retro-fitted IDM model. The Esem sound is essentially about two things, swagger and synths, the former sharp, brittle and propulsive, the latter sometimes warm, melodic, but edged with a sawtooth resonance.