Review: Bad Sector - CMASA (2009)


artist: Bad Sec­tor
release: CMASA
format: CD
year of release: 2009
label: Power and Steel
dur­a­tion: 40:00

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

Accord­ing to the liner notes, CMASA is an unusual album for Massimo Mag­rini, work­ing as Bad Sec­tor. Be that as it may, it is cer­tainly not one without merit. This more or less con­cep­tual album centered around the aban­doned air­plane fact­ory CMASA is a var­ied piece of melodic dark ambi­ent.

The sounds for this album were taken from pieces cre­ated by Mag­rini for the M3M exhib­i­tion in Pisa, 2005. On the one hand, field record­ings - mostly sounds of metal and water - fea­ture prom­in­ently. On the other hand, there are large roles for acous­tic gui­tar and piano melod­ies, apart from the usual ambi­ent elec­tron­ics. In keep­ing with the theme, the meet­ing of river and sea, a lot of sounds on this album evoke drip­ping, flow­ing, waves and surges.

Con­sid­er­ing all this, CMASA is a very suc­cess­ful album, offer­ing a pleas­ant vari­ety of sounds with a coher­ent tone and col­our. The focus on a con­crete concept and pleas­ant though mys­ter­i­ous melod­ies makes it an access­ible album as well. The quick switches between sound ele­ments comes across a bit haphaz­ard or super­fi­cial at times, but that doesn’t keep it from being a thor­oughly enjoy­able release.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

1. Entrance (2:00)
2. CMASA 13 (12:00)
3. CMASA 23 (12:00)
4. CMASA 33 (12:00)
5. Exit (2:00)