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Headphone Commute Review

Tim Arndt is back with another release on n5MD! L'Eixample is immediately a more mature, focused, and detail-oriented design. The title (Catalan for "extension") refers to a Spanish district in Barcelona, and indeed draws on impressions and inspirations on Arndt's latest travels to Spain. The production employs a composition of subdued tones and light beats that moves even further into the realm of melodic, atmospheric, and ambient IDM. Arndt lays down the foundation of swirling, reversed and reverberated pads, adding micro programmed rhythms sprinkled with gentle, glitchy, and fuzzy digital errors, all wrapped with an emotional theme of warm melodies, and an occasional eavesdropped conversation in the background. L'Eixample is Arndt's third full length release under the solo project, Near The Parenthesis, following on the heels of the 2007 album, Of Soft Construction, on n5MD as well. Arndt's past experience includes playing guitar and piano for several bands, most notable among them is the Urban Needle project with Steve Mehlman (Pere Ubu) and Mark Gamiere (The Wake). I would say that L'Eixample has more texture then Arndt's previous work, improving on creativity, atmospherics and the overall listening experience. L'Eixample is a further extension of Near The Parenthesis unique style and production techniques that have been perfected once again. Excellent music for those tranquil lazy mornings. Recommended if you follow n5MD's excellent roster, which includes Last Days, Bitcrush, SubtractiveLAD, and Another Electronic Musician.

Ambient with an edge

Wonderful ambient sounds with just the right mix of abstract or experimental sounds. The rougher or experimental sounds and samples enhance the emotion of the melodies. Very deep, engaging. Surprisingly good. Top notch artist.


Born: 2005 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

San Francisco-based musician Tim Arndt makes warm, emotive electronic music under the name Near the Parenthesis. His reflective, expressive melodies, usually created by pianos or guitars, are often underpinned by heavily detailed beats and glitches, as well as field recordings and sampled voices. His music impressively achieves a duality between relaxation and excitement, balancing comforting ambience with wistful melodies and intricate production. Arndt began Near the Parenthesis in 2005 after...
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