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310
After All

BAY19CD
The Leaf Label 2001
10 Tracks. 58mins04secs

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Joseph Dierker and Tim Donovan, aka 310, have a particular way to work together. They’ve been friends for years, and used to both live in New York. However, Dierker now lives in Seattle, and the only way they can carry on recording is by exchanging tapes. This might be one of the reasons behind the disparate sound of their project. But disparate doesn’t necessarily means weak, and the diversity of influences and inspirations is the backbone of their productions.
310 is one of these bands for who it would be necessary to invent a new tag to pigeonhole them. And, it is quite obvious that it is the last thing the duo wants. Drawing inspiration from hip-hop, post-rock, electronica, jazz or field recordings, Dierker and Donovan create intriguing soundtracks for unlikely movies, playing with atmospheres, building an apparently very homogenous record as they piece together the multitude of off-beat patterns and sounds particles that they both spent months collecting. 310 compose a slow-moving piece of work, fluid and evolutive, built around ever-changing song structures, interweaving Eastern beats, street attitude, environmental noises, ambient guitars and decomposed vocal samples, supported by the claustrophobic lyrics provided by Fire/Fly on The Claw Is Forming and After All. Despite the eclectism of the compositions, or maybe because of it, the duo manages to keep a firm grip on the direction of the record, incorporating the diverse sources into one simple format. Dierker and Donovan emulate their ambiences with atmospheric melodies (An Seanachi, Street Level, Aural Exiter), pushing forward the emotional character of their music. At times, After All haunts the neighbourhood of Four Tet’s Pause or Manitoba’s Start Breaking My Heart, but, at the same time, 310 seem to avoid any collision courses by retreating to the comfort of their trans-continental sonic table tennis.
After All probably won’t make any more waves than its predecessors in the effervescent world of IDM, but 310 have far much more to offer than most, and After All prove to be an enchanting record for those who take the time to appreciate it.

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TRACKLIST

Takamous
An Seanachi
The Claw Is Forming
UNTidal
Street Level
Imaginary Families
Off-Track Betty
Aural ExiteR
Truce For A Moment
After All

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