I finally got my hands on this highly anticipated release by proem. from very first moments I could tell this one has the instant appeal that I did not feel right away on "negative" and "burn plate no. 1". comparing those to "among others" I can see where earlier work was at times rough around the edges, getting carried away with dry percussion manipulation.
I am trying to figure out why I like this album so much. first of all, there is the atmosphere – particularly dark and mysterious, filled with deep strings and mature melodies (this "dark idm" style further defines profile of n5md as a label). percussion textures is something that always has been proem's big advantage. here we have the same intricate world of heavy shifting beats, delays, pauses, irregularities and spontaneity, but at the same time it is all tightly mixed with the melody, remaining incredibly varied. the album never gets overly rough or broken, always staying "together", not going off into haywire idm wizardry. this dedication to music as opposed to sound-making is a sign of undeniable progress.
"among others" is a stream of music moving from cold cinematic textures filled with occasional percussion stutter to more traditional complex idm rhythms and atonal melodies. at times dreamy and quiet, at times broken and heavy, even noisy; combining intricate percussion non-linearity with soothing melancholic melodies, it always manages to draw your attention and keep it as you play this album again and again.
I have to say that I have not heard anything that balances darker emotions and rhythmic heaviness in such a seamless way. this is the best proem's album to date, and anyone that has been following the progress of the band can confirm that.