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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Minimalympics

posted by on April 5 at 13:46 PM

Two album’s I’ve been listening to lately, both from Kompakt, both minimal in form but sonically lush, both in heavy competition for my listening time:

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The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

The first chance I had to give this album a good listen was on the drive back from Vancouver BC after a long night of raving to Ed Banger’s disto-disco head wreckers. Short on sleep, running late, and sublimely hungover, this record was the perfect balm.

The Field’s soft synths, delicately treated vocals, and ambling structures recall Orbital at times, but the looping guitars and nodding downbeats of “A Paw In My Face” are something else entirely. It’s an easy album to get lest in. The Field’s tracks are repetitive and lullingórhythms ripple and tones wash up, and though the songs are deep, there’s little breaking their flat, oceanic surfaces.

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Gui Boratto - Chromophobia

Unlike the Field, Gui Boratto does not trade in hazy tones and distant beats. His restrained beats and pinging, detuned synths are sharp and clear. There’s more negative space in his compositions than in the Field’s, too, and less synth padding. Boratto manages to align and realign his spare elements in constantly shifting patterns, ranging from humid funk (“Shebang” and “Chromophobia”) to twitchy techno (“Mr Decay”, “Gate 7”) to a little Orbital ambience of his own on “The Blessing”.

This isn’t an album I would suggest for hangovers. It’s too kinetic and too demanding to work as a soothing background. This album is for the drive to the club, maybe the club itself.

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both albums are in stock at Wall of Sound. they've also just received the new Dominic Eulberg on Traum. all three are worth your money so even if you've downloaded them, as i had, please stop by Wall of Sound to purchase them.

for what it's worth, i enjoy the Boratto slightly more, but only because i've had the Field tracks on 12" for a year or more.

Posted by brian | April 5, 2007 2:00 PM
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Thanks for the comment Brian and thanks for supporting your local indie record stores!

We were just playing The Field album...very nice indeed.

Check our site tommorow (updated every friday) for reveiws of awesome new sounds.

http://www.wosound.com/home.php

Best,
WoS

Posted by wall of sound | April 5, 2007 2:51 PM
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er, uh...reviews tomorrow, really.

Posted by wall of sound | April 5, 2007 3:00 PM
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Word. Both albums are well worth a purchase at your local, independent record store.

Posted by Eric Grandy | April 5, 2007 3:01 PM
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Speaking of independent record stores, a new one just opened in my neighborhood with an awesome Circle Jerks reference name:"Golden Shower of Hits"....on 85th and Greenwood Ave.

Posted by Sally Struthers Lawnchair | April 5, 2007 5:18 PM

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