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- Treillis by Ricardo Tobar
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9/10 Stephen Customer review, 9th January 2014
From Desire Records, the Frenchmen who brought you Egyptology's epic extended synth-warble, The Skies, Ricardo Tobar's Treillis is another cut of electronic wonderstuff. A 10/10 if it wasn't for a typically meandering first track, along with a few equally tiresome (but thankfully short) droney interludes, this has to be one of 2013's most underrated records. That's to say, it hasn't had any press. At all. I blame Diane in marketing for this one, as Ricardo is on top form, straddling the line between dancefloor bangers and introspective techno with gusto. Using broken drum machines as his driving force, Ricardo's decidedly lo-fi in his build up, particularly on second track 'Organza', taking time to explore frequencies and filters, and teasing in warm synths under the noise, paying off with a belated bass line to fill the gap like you secretly hoped he would. Or in the case of 'Garden', when beyond the distortion point-of-no-return, he foregoes the bass drop for a "fuck-this" cut out mid-track and starts again from the beginning - one of my favourite musical moments from all of last year. From here on in, it veers little from the established sound, never surprising but still thoroughly absorbing. See it through to the end you'll find a treat in final track 'Le Quartier Du Quatriéme', a more polished cut than it's predecessors, which pleasantly reminds me of the infectious 808 beats of last year's Jagwar Ma LP. All in all, a gem which you'll do well to listen to before it catches on with musos internet-wide (or fades into techno obscurity).
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