Regional Surrealism - Konx-Om Pax
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 21, 2012
    70
    The songs here seem to belong to some larger context with all the fleshy meat ripped off, leaving the existing framework held together with only the most barebones sutures.
  2. Aug 2, 2012
    70
    Regional Surrealism has a quality familiar from Ghost Box releases and from Boards of Canada's discography. [Jul 2012, p.70]
  3. Aug 2, 2012
    70
    Regional Surrealism [is] somewhere you'll want to lose yourself again and again.
  4. Jul 27, 2012
    70
    Regional Surrealism is an antidote to a busy life, and the arresting portal into a strange man's mind.
  5. Jul 27, 2012
    70
    Regional Surrealism will leave you with a sense of the unresolved, but that's no bad thing: think of it not as a neatly contained expressive statement so much as a window onto a deeply idiosyncratic meditative practice.
  6. Aug 21, 2012
    60
    This is an album that hints at plenty of promise for the future, but most of it has yet to be realized.
  7. Aug 20, 2012
    60
    Sensitive souls had best avoid, but fans of John Carpenter's soundtracks, early Aphex twin and the creepier end of Doctor Who will find themselves in familiar, if not entirely welcoming territory. [Sep 2012, p.102]
  8. Jul 30, 2012
    60
    On the album's first half, everything sounds correct but lacks any intoxicating, addictive spark.... [Yet] when its mood alters, somewhere around the metal wasteland of 'Lagoon Leisure', and things start getting sinister, then Regional Surrealism becomes (finally) exciting. The record transforms into a deeply disconcerting experience, all eerie shadows and claustrophobic spaces.
  9. Jul 27, 2012
    60
    Hints of humor are often symbolized in Scholefield's artworks, but here they have an unbalancing effect, only serving to detract from the portentous musical renderings of the uneasy symbiosis between digital glitch and the natural world.
  10. Jul 27, 2012
    60
    Brian Eno famously stated that "ambient music must be as ignorable as it is interesting". The problem is that, whilst Regional Surrealism certainly succeeds in providing a pleasant musical backdrop, it is rather more the former than it is the latter.
  11. 50
    While its synthetic atmospheres initially intrigue... The music wavers indecisively between structure and formlessness, ending up as curiously misshapen objects, half-finished designs.
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  1. Aug 30, 2012
    6
    This one took a couple of listens to sink in but even when I thought it had thoroughly saturated...it still felt like there was something toThis one took a couple of listens to sink in but even when I thought it had thoroughly saturated...it still felt like there was something to be revealed, something else hidden in all the empty space the album created. But that is the problem with Digital Surrealism, its gives you the impression that there is more beneath the surface when there simply isnt. This sonic trickery wreaks havoc on each listen because Konx-Om Pax does an excellent job at creating a familiar ambient sound, but due to the album's mediocre execution it cant help but point to something much better than itself (Oneohtrix Point Never, Aphex Twin, etc..). The record then naturally suffers from this lack of an original distinguishing statement. This is however at its core a very promising debut, there are some great sounds on this record that suggest a budding talent. Full Review »