Along with Manekinekod and Giganta, Magnitophono is one of the many aliases of the Greek artist Eleni Adamopoulou. This EP is her fourth (or so) release under the name Magnitophono, and the first one of them that I've come to hear.
The EP consists of five electronic tracks with a clear structure, that all come together in creating a relaxed and drowsy atmosphere with a good amount of child-like playfulness thrown in. Each of the songs have been composed using just a few electronic synth-sounds that all are clearly distinctive from each other, which means that their simplistic but appealing patterns and child-like sounds are each easy to follow during the song's lenght. The aforementioned also means that it's easy to follow how the childishly innocent melodies entwine and otherwise come together with each other, the best examples of which are provided already on the first two short songs and their bare but effective structures. They do create a pleasing atmosphere, especially "Ninjeto" with its oriental vibe, but the clean sounds don't seem to really come together; there's too much space between them, which makes the tunes less effective and more easy to forget. They sound good, but don't really have much to offer in the long run. Harmless, even.
The latter three songs have more to give. "Little Boy Blue" relies on looped bits of melody and some broken rhythms and on sounds panning rapidly from left to right. It gets a little softening from some female vocals and a distant synth melody in the background, which makes the five-minuter the EP's highlight. "Down to Earth" is a minimalistic ambient-piece that gets an experimental twist from shattered vocal lines, which give the song's softness a dream-like dimension - although it's a bit too roughly crafted add. The closer has pleasingly echoed vocals and equally appealing glass-like melody driving it forward, and it has just the right mixture of dreamy atmospheres and more "actual" structure to descend the listener back to the real world.
The EP holds good ideas, but ones that haven't been properly finalized. The electronic melodies and sounds are present in their rough form, which makes them come out as initially pleasing, but they soon reveal their hollow core; they severy lack in depth and detail, which is pretty much a deathblow. "Magnet" gives off a really promising image, but shows that the post-production is severely lacking, and thus the songs don't reach their potential. All the synths sound interesting and serve the atmosphere, but, due to the empty space between the different melodies and beats, the end result comes off as too unprofessional and clumsy. For example, the harp-synth in "Down to Earth" seems to have very little idea on what it's aiming for with its clumsy bouncing, despite sounding nice when perceived purely as a sound and nothing more.
I think the grade represents well the EP's divided nature; half of it is really good, but the latter half is not worth one's attention. I can recommend this EP to fans of dreamy ambient and experimental poppy music, and I'm sure that the artist will come up with something a lot more complete and unified if she really puts her heart to it. Less haste, more effort.