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MATHIEU, STEPHAN - FrequencyLib

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Ritornell RIT23
Release Year: 2001
Note: absolute last copies back in stock from this nice LP on the MILLE PLATEAUX sublabel
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €10.00


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Behaglicher Ambient von MATHIEU, der hier flchige Sounds und Versatzstcke sampelt und loopt und so sehr warme und gemchliche Klangfarben erzeugt.... Anklnge mitunter an ULTRA MILKMAIDS. Wurde im WIRE als eines der Alben des Jahres 2001 bezeichent..
Fine loopy & hissy atmospheric soundscapes on this vinyl-only on the MILLE PLATEAUX sublabel..

Most of Mathieu's work, as it turns out, shares this predilection toward haze and hiss, and frequencyLib is no different. The songs are minimal in effort, if not sound: an unresolving loop or two of some acoustic-sounding source is set into play and then manipulated ever so slightly, as though warped by heat and distressed with fine-grained sandpaper. A thin film of dust seems to cover Mathieu's deceptively simple melodic fragments, lending them the same kind of digital trompe l'oeuil quality that characterizes Pole's earlier recordings: although the hiss is a digital byproduct, it sounds analogue, recalling the whisper of aged vinyl or the static of shortwave. Indeed, in triggering these associations, Mathieu's use of effects comes to seem almost like a kind of artificial nostalgia, or to put it another way, it treats nostalgia as just another readymade. [label info]