Published Apr 27, 2016Plant Cell Division, the first release from Vancouver duo You're Me, was recorded on Salt Spring Island, a small pocket of Canada with an unexpectedly Mediterranean climate. The island's warmth and sunshine radiate throughout the record, which consists of luxurious ambience and woozy electronic beats. Plant Cell Division also captures the easygoing lifestyle associated with warmer climes; it unfurls its ideas almost lackadaisically, making for a record that feels organic despite its electronic textures.
The first few tracks are more beat-heavy, and they are the record's strongest by far. On "ilu," the duo combine chimes and shimmering metallic synth tones with a beat that gets going with fits and starts, but delivers a real punch once it does. "Oot Re Mi" has a slightly more consistent 4/4 drum pattern, though it gets unhinged in the middle amidst sub-aquatic-sounding synth pads, punctuated by electronic organ flourishes.
At its best, Plant Cell Division sounds like a curious forgotten relic from the '90s IDM canon, though elsewhere — particularly towards the end of the record — it delivers merely competent experiments with ambient texture and mood sculpting. It is, nonetheless, another solid effort from the 1080p camp. (1080p)