Intrusion The Seduction Of Silence

Echospace has been dominant in the techno dub sweepstakes over the last two years. The Detroit label has paid tribute to both the European origins of the genre and its Detroit location, particularly with their project reconfiguring Model 500 last year. Even by this label's increasingly high standards, The Seduction Of Silence is a gem. Unlike Deepchord, Steven Hitchell's chilly collaboration with Rod Modell, Intrusion radiates warmth. Two versions of "Little Angel" with Paul St. Hilaire set the pace, where dramatic filter sweeping washes over the song like a tropical breeze. "Montego Bay" delivers on its promise, with gentle waves of sound, which turn into an irresistible undertow. Even the most remote sonics, such as "Twilight," still manage to stir the soul in unexpected ways. The tiniest details warrant scrutiny on this disc but the whole is a lovely journey in sound that also works in less intensive listening circumstances. Hitchell makes you think about the emotional content of pink noise. (Echospace)