REVIEW: IDORU BY JON CONVEX
Posted on August 7, 2012 by SeñorRoboto
Idoru is the next step for Jon Convex on his journey for artist gratification.
Next week gives birth to the long awaited ‘Idoru’ by Jon Convex aka Damon Kirkham aka one half of Instra:mental. The album title, ‘Idoru’ is also the title of a book released in 1996 by science fiction writer William Gibson. Gibson explores the life of its protagonist, Rez, who is infatuated with an artificially intelligent pop idol. Convex’s album cover bares the picture an Idoru (Japanese for pop idol) which could potentially appear to be the muse for the album.
While there album at its core tries to play around with concept of pop idolization, Convex himself has no interest in replicating pop idols. Rather, Idoru symbolizes the aftermath of separating from one. This album, rhythmically narrates the journey Convex has embarked on post Instra:mental and highlights Convexs’ desire to individualize his sound.
Having created such perfection under the alias, Instra:mental. It is no wonder Convex is on a hunt to explore the possibilities that other genres have to offer. While Boddika has been drifting towards a the more acidic side of the Autonomic sound, Convex has instead filtered techno through a filter somewhat closer to the Instra:mental sound.
It uses humanity throughout the album in a manner that is all too foreign in contemporary electronica. Idoru uses this humanity to remind the listener that music first and foremost should entice it’s audience to feel rather than think. Convex not only makes you empathize with his story via sound, he uses the story to charm the listener into experiencing the whole album as one body of work, rather than a collection of electronic music simple categorized into name and number.
Idoru is an invigorating collection of work by an artist that has already made such a impact on the music world. If you enjoy the brilliance that is, Instra:mental, you will no doubt be enthralled by this wonderful album.
Idoru is set to release early next week through the Convex Industries website.
LP001 – Jon Convex – Idoru – What I Need / Idoru
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LP001 – Jon Convex – Idoru – New Model / Shadows
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