"There was a time where you couldn't move for all the glitchy 'oh so clever' electronic music that was being released, but that has thankfully subsided a great deal over the last year. The reason for being thankful is not because I don't like it, on the contrary, it's because the pure volume of it watered down what was a fantastic niche sound. Where there was nothing is the latest release for Bovaflux, aka Eddie Symons, who has managed to put together an album that doesn't necessarily flow in the traditional sense, but does however lead you through the many facets of the lo-fi glitchy electronica scene. There is something quite classic about Bovaflux, he manages to create tracks that are clever, personable and ultimately tuneful - something that many seem to fail to manage these days. While perhaps not as avant garde as artists such as Richard D James, he has managed to capture some of the essence of those early albums and updated the sounds to a listener now much more familiar to this kind of thing. This album has the ability to offer a very relaxed vibe with enough interesting sounds to keep you constantly paying attention. Definitely a grower."
"Eddie Symons works all day coding video games. But don't worry: there's nothing Super Mario about his record. All head-nodding hip hop beats and lush, spacious grooves, he mingles dreamscape electronica with the straight melodic tones of indie rock. There's something very private and understated about 'Where there was nothing'. From the placid oddness of 'Happy Numbers' to the blissful escapism of album opener 'Blind', it's easy to get wrapped up in the gentle human touches and home-made directness of it all.
No overblown production is available or even necessary. Just listen as Bovaflux's laptop rocks into the future. Hauntingly Beautiful. 4/5”
"Following a self-released mini-album back in 2002 software engineer Eddie Symons aka Bovaflux finally reveals his long form debut. Subtlety is the name of the game here as, across 11 tracks, Symons creates micro worlds of ambient wash, twinkling melodies and clicking beats without once disappearing up his own arse in a po faced clenchfest. Each listen peels back layer upon layer of sound to reveal all manner of digital detritus rubbing shoulders with dub basslines and skewed hiphop beats whilst Symons oversees the whole thing with the clinical control of a surgeon behind the glowing screen of his laptop. Not a challenging listen but a rewarding one. 4/5"
Is This Music?
"Highpoint Lowlife hit the spot here with a super CD album from Electronica artist Bovaflux. Having put out tracks on compilations and several MP3 Net.labels, it's good to see a long player making its way onto the shelves. The sounds are at once familiar, comfortable and very beautiful indeed. Laced with melody, lush chords and clever rhythm programming it's something of a hybrid sound that would sit very happily on the shelves of fans of Expanding and Toytronic. That's not to say it's derivative, more that it has an identifiable flava that's extremely pleasing to the ears. As soon as I put it on I knew it was going to be good and, of you're a fan of electronics in general or the aforementioned labels, this is seriously worth checking out. Recommended."
“Manchmal ist es gut, unter dem Kopfhörer zu leben. Eddie Symons tut das, ist Spieleprogrammierer, und wirft abends den komplexen Code über Bord und stürzt sich mit Begeisterung in die Suche nach der definitiven Melodie, kippt Beats dazu, ein paar Bleeps und fertig ist "Where There Was Nothing". Ein sehr gefühlvolles Album, sehr weich und bestimmt, immer auf die nächste Explosion fixiert, wenn die Akkorde wie Bömbchen durch den Rechner fliegen. 4/5”
"Bovaflux is Eddie Symons; by day a hardcore coder swamped with the minutiae of video game construction, by night a musician conjuring dreamlike space in which to take refuge. This, his debut album, is littered with melodic felicities and subtly euphoric sweeps of sound - indeed, at times it teeters on the brink of sentimentality, saved only by some crisp percussion programming and a healthy sense of restraint. With its down tempo twinkles and soft keyboard motifs, the title track is vaguely reminiscent of mid-80's Depeche Mode - but instead of Dave Gahan's angsty yelp, we find only refined, dubby basslines and smoothly ascending chords. A track like "Happy Numbers" introduces some welcome distortion to Bovaflux's warmly amniotic soundworld, scratchy little clicks and flutters that lurk at the bottom of the mix, braced, like quinine, against the tonic water sweetness of the music rich, sedate progress. And "A Nice Place to End" is just that, a guileless, warm-hearted ad gently soporific excursion whose naive but generous qualities encapsulate those of the record as a whole."
"Put quite simply [this] is rather splendid melodic electronica. Crunchiness and loads of twinkles are all over the joint complete with some nice deep dubby bass lines. For fans of Seefeel, Plaid and the early Artificial Intelligence series on Warp etc. Fecking lovely...."
“While Bovaflux’s debut struck me as rather retro, his first non-CD-R release offers an updated sound. “Blind” is a brooding introduction with very deep bass, glitchy rattles, and a simple melody. On “Ohne Namen” electronics meander over a hip-hop beat. “Bridge” is more complex. It’s joyous and melodic with stuttered drum-and-bass beats. (It reminds me a bit of Kettel.) “Kleine” (also on the LE:01 comp.) is charming, with organic noises and a graceful tune. “McDowall Imprecision” is another downtempo composition with airy keyboards over a deliberate bassline. I wish it were even longer. Bovaflux has come a long way in three years. This is a special album, consistently beautiful from beginning to end.”
“You could regard this album as somnambulant electronica to keep you going until that new Boards Of Canada LP drops, but Bovaflux (aka Eddie Symons) has a wide-eyed charm all his own. Stately and Apollonian, this is music for innocent dreamers.”