"Anon, They Move..." is a solo-project of Craig Broad from the UK, and this is its third-or-so release. I haven't heard the other ones, but at least this one is based on both beautiful and dark facets of electronic classical music. The spray-painted CD-R is accompanied by a regular printer-paper slip with the cover image and infos, and it's all housed in aplastic slip. Very DIY, sure, but done with a good taste. The release is also available as a free download.
The seven untitled tunes are piano synth-based classical tunes, with some orchestral instrument synths creating the necessary variation and versatility. There's usually a couple of piano melodies over- and interlapping with each other, with some possible back-up from a cello, triangle, glockenspiel or a brass instrument, and two of the songs carry muffled vocals as well. There's quite some repetition and simplisticity in the compositions, the latter especially applying to the instrument selection as well, but it sounds like a natural part of the music instead of a lack; the songs know their strengths, and focus on them.
Even though the songs are quite minimalistic, they carry a good amount of atmosphere. These atmospheres vary from the opener's hopeful calmness to its follow-up's melancholy, to the even pompous baroque-like trird one - and then, suddenly, we get to the fourth track which could be described as the artist's take on the theme of the movie Exorcist with it's bleak pianos, haunting background ambience and heavy percussions. The follow-up is a similarly bleak but less haunting tune, whereas the rest two are the most hopeful songs of the whole bunch. The sixth song could almost be described as a conservatively happy one, not the least due to it's really minimal and thin soundscape and '80s-styled bass drum synth.
This EP gives a twofold image of itself; it delivers the minimalism and the atmospheres with competence, but the compositions are overall rather safe, and the soundscape is too plastic and even cheap which causes great damage to the songs' nature and feel. There's some cut-out endings and a couple of short parts sound misplayed as if they'd have discords in 'em, which pretty much serves as a slap in the listener's face when they're heard. These things really lower the record's value in my eyes, and are the reason I won't give the EP a higher grade despite the fact at least some of the compositions would clearly be worth more; shortly said, the compositions are competent and the EP sounds promising, but is plain unfinished.
If you enjoy minimalistic classical music and aren't too bothered by the artificial soundscape, then ignore the grading as this release is for you; as said, the compositions are rather enjoyable. Enjoyable, but I hope to hear something more refined from this artist in the future.