The Quanta Series

K Á R Y Y N - The Quanta Series
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2019 Ratings: #7 / 201
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2019 Ratings: #45
March 29, 2019 / Release Date
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Mute / Label
Ambient Pop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

With THE QUANTA SERIES, Káryyn has released a collection of songs that come off gorgeous. But that's not what K Á R Y Y N was shooting for, as she crafted something challenging, mysterious and memorable. Gorgeous was simply a by-product.

90
AllMusic

The Quanta Series feels more like a summation of Káryyn's powers than an introduction to them, but regardless, it's a stunning debut.

85
The 405

The Quanta Series is an exceptional debut from an artist who exhibits true devotion to her craft. There is not a single moment on the LP that sounds forced, half-baked or compromised. Káryyn’s unique sense of authenticity shines through each of her tracks.

83
GIGsoup

Káryyn makes avant-garde electronic music with a deeply affecting soul. On her debut album, the Syrian-Armenian American artist channels her family history and personal experiences in a stunningly transcendent exploration of time, love, and human consciousness.

77
Pitchfork

She sings from a place rooted in the past, but always seems to be accelerating into the future.

aaron
81
There are a lot of sonic concepts well established through artists such as FKA Twigs, Julia Holter, Josin & Bjork that trace the lining of this albums sonic landscape, but KARYYN has definitely brought them together in a experimental clashing of moods and purpose.

"The Quanta Series" starts off in some kind of dream state, where electronics shiver and spin out of control, while vocals a little more steady but lighter and repetitive in a hypnosis state, from "It- ... read more
zachthesnack
68
KARYYN has managed to piece together an absolute monolith of an album, filled with ethereal soundscapes and vocals. Her style reminds me a lot of Half Waif, with more layered production and not quite as strong of a voice, also similar stylistically to much of Björk’s work with epic sonic transitions and cool, creative atmospheres. Unfortunately, where the like of Björk and Half Waif succeeded much more than KARYYN was that they were able to keep their music interesting over the ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
82
Solid

Sonically, this has turned out to be the most bewitched, spellbinding and enthralling project of the year thus far. HOWEVER... I don't think it used its exploratory sounds to its best ability, it could of been a lot more exciting in some places. Plenty of cold hymns, chilling howls, glitchy ringings, instrumentals that are alien. She rarely leaves that style throughout.

Just give this thing a damn listen already.

Best: EVER, BINARY, CYTOKINESIS, ALEPPO

Weakest: UN-C2-SEE
ryanreviews
45
Figured I needed to explain this score since everyone seems to love this. The mixing on this album is bad and almost single handedly ruins it. The sounds on this album either sear into my ears in the worst way possible or bore me to tears. This sounds derivative of a lot of other spacious art pop and electronic albums. This thing really sucked the life out of me.
usedtobe
90
Never sleep on this one, gorgeous experimental record right here.
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Track List

  1. EVER
  2. YAJNA
  3. PURGATORY
  4. BINARY
  5. AMBETS GORAV
  6. UN-C2-SEE
  7. MIRROR ME
  8. CYTOKINESIS
  9. ALEPPO
  10. TODAY, I READ YOUR LIFE STORY 11:11
  11. SEGMENT & THE LINE
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