Harmonious Bec: “Progress”[audio:http://alarm-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Harmonious_Bec_Progress.mp3|titles=Harmonious Bec: “Progress”]
With members who go by ZaMaRoo and From Vapor to Water, Harmonious Bec is a relatively mysterious Japanese duo that makes exotic, far-reaching IDM. Her Strange Dreams is the duo’s debut, and it’s a marvelous first effort.
The material is packed with hyperactive melodies, glitchy cut-ups, atmospheric effects, and sporadic dissonance. When put together, it channels more than a dozen electronic sub-genres — it builds upon some of the best genre-smashing artists that electronic music has to offer, such as Aphex Twin. Undoubtedly, Her Strange Dreams is one of the best electronic releases of the year.