Jonathan Ziegler aka Fluke says on his Bandcamp page “This is the type of music Bach would make if he was alive now. Obviously.” While this is a joke, Ziegler does make electronic music that occasionally gives way to a classical sensibility to may make fans of Max Richter interested. It is sort of like when you listen to “Girl/Boy Song” by Aphex Twin. It has this classical sense to it that sounds so distinct and original against the chaotic drumming. While Ziegler still has a way to go to get to reach the heights of some of the best electronic artists he’s off to a good start and has some fresh ideas. Namely, he likes to fuse dubstep type beats with synthetic strings and guitars which often are a lot less ominous sounding than say an artist like Burial. So far he has released two EP’s both of which were released in May. Indulgence is a three-song EP that has a good amount of guitar while String Theory is a five-track EP that focuses more on synthetic strings.
The first song on Indulgence is called “MIsawa” and starts off sounding similar to something I might hear on a Nine Inch Nails or Tool album. Guitar strings bend and provide dissonance before giving way to a delicate melody. The song is rather minimal and doesn't provide much sustenance to keep you engaged. ”No Hay Problema” revolves around clean guitar that loops and bends and distorted sine waves that pan furious between your speakers. The song becomes a collage of elements all competing for your attention. Warbly synths and piano persevere on Indulgence. Ziegler creates breezy pads and floating guitars that evoke a unique variety of sounds that entice the senses.
The first song and highlight of the album String Theory is “Sonata #1” as it manipulates synthetic flutes and violins to coalesce with the dubstep programming. Drones are introduced as the song progresses adding another layer of depth to the music. “Fumes” integrates vocal samples on top of the lead synth as the strings sound like a scene you might hear in a thriller. The song is in a constant state of change as the synth garble and strings come in as they please.
Ziegler is off to a decent start and has some good ideas. Although he hasn't found his niche quite yet, if I were a betting man I would say he is well on his way. In the meantime he made two very solid EP’s which I encourage you to check out.
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