Advanced electronics from Yves De Mey, a synth-worker and engineer. Each track on Drawn With Shadow Pens is the result of a single pass through one permutation of De Mey’s studio gear: sounds like they have a pretty interesting selection of stuff, as these vivid explorations sound pretty remarkable. Out on Spectrum Spools.
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 28 January 2016
Antwerp’s Yves De Mey (Line, Sandwell District, Opal Tapes, Modal Analysis, Semantica) pops up on John Elliott's Spectrum Spools label for a nine track double LP of tracks recorded in one take and in mono. But before we accuse the man of being lazy and not revisiting and refining these tracks for public consumption, let’s think about this....
"But even if nothing lasts and everything is lost, there is still the intrinsic value of the moment. The present moment, ultimately, is more than enough, a gift of grace and unfathomable value, which our friend and lover death paints in stark relief." -Rick Doblin, Ph.D. MAPS President
If you can capture and preserve a moment, in sound for example for all of eternity, that’s really something quite powerful. So many artists get in the way of the music, sometimes you just need to let the music be the music and exist on its own terms. That’s not to say there’s little human input in Yves De Mey’s electronic music, he’s clearly a very skilled producer and engineer. My point being he knows when to stop, and allow the voices of his machines to do their thing.
This is very “pure” hypnotic electronic music. Sculpting synthesizer drones and oscillations, Yves creates an intangible sonic environment. Almost as soon as an image or narrative appears - it slips away and yet the pace of the sounds remains serene. What I’ve found consistently rewarding and intriguing about ‘Drawn With Shadow Pens’ after playing the record a number of times is; I’m still not sure exactly where it’s taking me. There’s far more depth to these tracks than initially appears on the surface. Maybe I’ll never truly discover the artists intended vision. Perhaps there isn’t one and the listener could infinitely explore mysterious uncharted meridians with every listen, limited only by their imagination. In this sense it’s a gift that keeps on giving and a quality that makes this electronic music future proof. Highly recommended especially if you dig Mika Vainio’s more subtle productions.
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