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- Multistability by Mark Fell
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I chucked this onto my ipod and went for a stroll to the local shops and then almost got hit by a car because the audio had me in a weird trance. I guess that's because the overall effect of Mark's sound can become disorientating at times and it is precisely that which I find enjoyable about his creations. Now you would be forgiven for thinking this was a new SND record and that's not unreasonable considering he is one half of the duo. As with SND the palette of sounds remains fairly limited, with the main focus on manipulation, exploring unconventional rhythm structures and tempos, where drums are stretched to create new textures. There are also some very pretty sounds and I often get the vibe of a computer gobbling up a load of Thomas Brinkman sound files and spewing them out through possessed evolutionary algorithms. There's some crazy hyper syncopated rhythms on here that I can imagine the Chicago Juke crew's getting down to... Heheheh. Then some of the tracks sound on the brink of collapse as they clatter away. A fantastic album from a real Northern England electronic music treasure. In such a homogenized music world I can honestly say that Mark Fell and indeed SND are truly unique artists and if anyone else out their does sound like them then they stole that from the Sheffield boys. Just check out the stunning track 'Mutistability 9' where Fell's creative skills are in fine form. Using unorthodox arrangements he creates a luxurious off kilter beauty. Fantastic contemporary minimalism.
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