Mark Fell knows how to turn a drum machine into an apocalypse and continues to do alongside cellist Sandro Mussida on the first entry into his new 7" label. The label attempts to act as a point of convergence for differently disciplined artists, and this inaugural release is a statement of intent, bringing together a staunchly electronic practice with the rawest of acoustic sounds.
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The first instalment of experimental electronic deity Mark Fell’s Object Relations series has the man himself banging on a Linndrum with… a cellist? Such is the ambition of this new venture; he plans on bringing musicians from seemingly unrelated spheres into the same room to jam out some compositional mindbendery to be pressed to 7” vinyl.
And yep, it’s a weird little single. The simple combination of a single drum sound source hit through an evolving delay and a stately cello actually gels more than you might think, with the cello alternating between percussive and wild bowing, bringing out its upper harmonics into a rasp not unlike a noisy electronic instrument. Increases in tempo of the banging on the Linn are matched by a higher intensity of scratchy playing on the strings, beginning with them playing perfectly in time, becoming more and more chaotic but still definitely measured. It does feel like Fell is leading, the pace quickening at a ridiculously gradual rate overseen by a master of his art.
Both sides are more or less the same idea, just 2 different versions, so perhaps they’re focusing more on the idea than the content here. But it’s a successful experiment that paves the way for a great series, and considering the premise, who knows where this will go next.
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