Early on, "If I'm Honest I Miss You A Little Bit" is the most hypnotic and spacious example of this, utilizing a loop of filtered chords, foggy tape noise and a pulsing low-end pattern. The five-minute "Be Gentle" taps into another simple loop of dubby chords, as does "Carry Her / Wave" for its gripping six minutes. Near ++++'s end, "Crystals" downshifts the momentum with a light throb of warbled pads that stretches to almost nine minutes.
As on his past albums (especially his debut LP for PNN, ----), Karmil's affinity for stripped-down composition seemed to come from an unshakable confidence in his ideas, knowing what he wanted to say with each track and executing it as directly as possible. A large part of what makes these efficient arrangements successful is how the producer crafts texture around his source material with tape processing and gentle manipulation. It's easy to hear how much time was invested—the individual sounds feel obsessed over, each element sounding like it's been bounced back and forth between tape decks. The process gives the music marbled layers of sonic degradation, all the pops, clicks and incidentals that result from being continually transferred through tape. ++++ plays to the strength of Karmil's tones, only hinting at his presence as a conductor. He fades elements in and out—like on "Be Gentle," which waits until its closing minutes to introduce the rhythm's low-end—and gradually tweaks delays and filters to bury sounds under the fog.
Though Karmil has dabbled in dance floor material for BIS and Studio Barnhus, among others, ++++ sits on the fringe of club music. What rhythms there are take the form of slow-thudding kicks or splintered hi-hats and snares, all cloaked in swaths of noise. Karmil stays focused on coaxing emotional depth from his tape-centric production process. If IDLE033 was an engaging side-step into experimentation, ++++ is a prudent step forward.