Modern Ambivalence is the fourth album by Leeds long standing proponent of electronic music, randomNumber. Modern Ambivalence is the latest incarnation of an evolving style which has taken shape over the past eight or so years which flowered from early noise experiments that gave way to a tentative and primitivist electronica that was released on the now defunct, yet legendary CDR label, Fencing Flatworm. Since these early digital musings Robson's music has charted a course of increasing melody and of rhythmical complication with releases for California's Rocket Racer 2002's Understand Your Date & Time of Nowhere and Mogwai's Rock Action 2001's NME Dance single of the Week "The Fact That I Did" EP, Towards The Forlorn Society (2003) for Catmobile Records took the trademark sound to it's limit with it's brittle and unsettling mix of rhythmic obfuscation and winter smeared synth impressionism that tested the boundaries of home brewed electronic music. During this period, other more accessible EPs and mixes appeared for labels as diverse as Vacuous Pop and Irritant (who gave homes to early releases by Kid606, Knifehandchop and Printed Circuit). Shows with the likes of I Am Robot & Proud, Printed Circuit, Kid 606 and Cex would see the randomNumber live performance taken across the waters to France, USA, Mexico and Canada throughout the whole 2002 to 2004 period and would represent Robson's most prolific period of international touring as a solo artist. The tensions of these awkward, yet compelling mid-period pieces soon gave way to a more confident and relaxed sound that was no less compromising in it's desire to chart the dark and melancholic landscape of contemporary electronica, but presented a more coherent and accessible sound that appealed to a wider audience. Golden Acre Sleeps (Highpoint Lowlife) (2006) ushers in the dawn of a Post-Electronica era of scene fragmentation and ghettoisation with bedroom producers increasingly marginalised into obscurity or MP3 mediocrity, against this backdrop, Golden Acre comes across as a breath of fresh air from the very grassroots of the scene. Throughout this recent period, the randomNumber sound continues to develop, as Golden Acre was being released to a world increasingly enthralled by the new breed of over confident pretty boys with guitars, giddy on corporate expense accounts, Robson continues to be a credible live performer at both rock and electronic shows, playing with the likes of Thee More Shallows, Pram, Clark, A Silver Mount Zion, Christ and Bracken to name a few, showcasing material from the Modern Ambivalence sessions.
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