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Liquid Quartz
Anthony Manning transgresses a number of boundaries with this 4-track ep, his first foray since the critically acclaimed Concision lp in 1997. The sound herein is somewhat tricky, both in its formal and aural conventions ; using a wide cross-section of equipment, Manning really marks out his own sonic lair. Immediate impressions might coalesce around circus and carnival influences, but the general sonic tendency is not Barnum & Bailey. His song structures are strong, with well-realised flow and closure. Explore his sound; it's not something one can really finger easily.
xlr8r 11.01

Composed entirely on an MC505 Groovebox, Manning yet again displays an uncanny and faultless ability to conjure up timeless pieces made from the simplest base elements. A record that's impossible to compare to any contemporary work within the genre, Liquid Quartz brings across a sound that, while retaining an electronic aura, brings to mind the structural complexities of classical composition. The resulting sound is utterly unique. Take, for example, the sublime closing track, an almost playful assemblage of piano sounds, harpsichords, and a percussive line that brings to mind Stewart Copeland's mesmerising sondtrack for the Rumblefish film. This is a joyfully fresh collection of new work from one of the true greats. Immerse yourself.
baked goods

Nicely syncopated, very musical electronica that gets close to the eerie studio alchemy of Coil, but without the creeping dread or William Blake references. A special little record that hints at greatness to come.
muzik 7.01

Four fractured glories fom Mr Manning that show his love of classical music as much as a penchant for Aphex-style obtuseness. It's stuffed full of melodies but Manning wraps them around rhythms that sound like they'll dissolve if you play them too loud. There's enough bleeptastic vibes going on to satisfy the electronica fetishists but enough tunes to satisfy us nomal folks. Refreshingly individual.

Strangely melodic IDM that straddles the netherzone between neo-classical composition and abstract ambience, this four-track ep is more beat-oriented than Manning's previous work, but it's just as enigmatically beautiful.
alternative press 12.01

A unique sounding piece of melodic electronica using unusual sounds and rhythms.

Inventive, complex electronica with a playful edge.

Deep, intelligent downtempo music that absolutely transcends art.

Manning returns, and of course immediately shoot all these Irdial plates through the head, and one wonders what such people so umtreibt. A1 begins somehow oriental, with comical Riven-moderate percussion, short Digitalchorsprengseln and all kinds Orgelei. Once in Adventure, Adventure always thinks Manning and does so on. Merkwürdige Hakelgrooves struggling with comic samples. Bad is not just hit it ... not really, although the B-side 303 and spinet to come. It belibt mystical and somehow ethno. Hmmm. I think Liquid Quartz has its own label.

ep - released 10.01
germstore - g01