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The gentle swells of lo-fi loops and and breathing atmospherics set the tone for Mokira'seighth full-length album. After previous releases on a roster oflabels, a Stockholm-based Swedish sound sculptor, Andreas Tillianderreturns to Type Records with Persona. Tilliander introduced us to his Mokira moniker with his debut, Cliphop, on Raster-Noton. His glitchy hip-hop sound has landed him on Mille Plateaux, where Tilliander continued to contribute towards the 'clicks & cuts'genre. But for Type, Tilliander has been stripping away the beats [butnot the rhythmic structure], and focusing more on ambient textures thatlet the music flow organically through analog and digitally processedlayers. Starting from the first track, the disintegrating repetitionsof drony re-sampled pads instantly remind me of works by William Basinski, tape hiss and all, while the gentle onslaught of incoming harmonic frequencies are reminiscent of works by Tim Hecker and Vladislav Delay. The dull, murky, and thick reverberations bridging acoustic and electronic elements will also satisfy the fans of Gas and Fenneszalike. But comparisons to others are futile, since Tilliander hasalready made a name for himself, ranging from his dub and tech-housereleases under his real name on his own label, Repeatle, to abstract electronica and glitchy IDM on Komplott under a Komp alias, and even a minimal dub 12' on Echocord under his Lowfourmoniker, among the many. Across a wide spectrum of tracks, I hear thesame main theme, which is explored upon through various experimentalapproaches. Tilliander's proficiency in electronic music and control ofits branches clearly shows throughout Mokira. This isespecially evident when ambient progressions are interrupted by agrowing 303-like-gliding-bass-line that is at once unexpected and yetfeels very appropriate. Throughout the album, a noticeable amount oftrue analog equipment dominates the presence, as only accented by atrack, appropriately named Oscillations And Tremolo. Towardsthe end of the album, a single loop is re-sampled and re-assembled. Andonce the tape hiss comes in, the path is obvious - it leads back to thebeginning of the album where the music continues to decay anddisintegrate. Persona is truly listening music. Preferrablywith your eyes closed. And it is upon multiple listens that you willbegin to discern and peel off its layers, to reveal the true geniusbehind this latest installment from Mokira. It's no wonder, that afternumerous contributions towards the evolution of electronic music,Tilliander was awarded a Swedish Grammy music award in 2005. Thus, I amimmediately propelled to dig up and revisit his earlier releases.During your parallel search, it's worth picking up an acid tech-house12' under Tilliander's real name, titled, Stay Down (Repeatle, 2007) featuring a remix by The Field. Also recommended Tilliander's debut on Mille Plateaux, Ljud, and his very latest Show (Adrian, 2009).
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