When I listened Amon Tobin’s new album for the first time, I must admit I wasn’t immediately blown away. Fear in a handful of Dust takes some time to discover. The absence of regular harmonics and the alien timbres ask some adaption of the listener. It lacks the structure of drums and percussion which Tobin is so well know for in his works from the nineties.
His new album consists only of tones and textures of sound. It’s very atmospheric, relaxing, ambient as you wish. But at the same time the music attracts attention and can feel immersive. For me the music feels like a fusion between Boards of Canada and Autechre and the more I listen to it, the more I appreciate.