The closest analogue may be the Necks, a category-defying Australian trio who built a following around long-form improvised sets. But where the Necks' sound features an in-the-moment ebb and flow, Dawn of Midi is dedicated to perpetual forward motion, a rigorously composed blend of minimalism and trance music.
The record's moving parts first lock in place on "Io," a head-bobbing mix of upright bass and muted piano from Belyamani, who plays his instrument's inner strings as much as its keys. Gradually, yet insistently, the composition evolves into a seesawing ballet of rhythm on "Atlas," a hectic "Nix" and the spacious melody of "Moon," which gives way to the percolating "Ymir." Echoes of the shape-shifting patterns of Terry Riley and the more experimental tributaries of EDM ring throughout, but the record's propulsive, knotty tension carves out its own identity. It's a mysterious, vital sound with a pull all its own.
Dawn of Midi
Three and a half stars (out of four)