Plans Drawn In Pencil
Antony Ryan and Robin Saville did not write any lists for plans drawn in pencil and did not made any plans either. They were concerned with nothing but sounds. They sent them back and forth between their homes in England. They layered soundtracks on top of the other, activated filters, went through synthesizers and systems (analogue and digital ones) looking for sounds. Firstly, each one of the two on his own. In a ping-pong-manner. And in a second step both of them together. Two artists and their machines. \"Sometimes there is a melody in your head first, the other time you find it in a synthesizer. You find it in dialogue with the equipment\", says Robin Saville, one half of isan. \"Sometimes I had to teach my machines to generate the melody\" says Antony Ryan, the other half of Isan.
Robin Saville also says that their music is about making difficult sounds easy to listen to. About the thin line between conceptual serious music and pop, between minimal and melody.
The opener \"look and yes\" is a soft searching, a warm murmur. Long notes standing in space alone, environmental music. \"road runner\" is a shy pop-pearl whose gleam becomes more sparkling with time. \"amber button\" is the most rhythmic track of a quiet album, \"working in dust\" is music in cinemascope, in some ways reminiscent of the Krautrock pioneers neu! or young Brian Eno.