Interesting one this. Last year the prolific techno/ambient dreamscaper bvdub put a collection of 19 tracks up on his Bandcamp, saying each had been inspired by a poignant conversation with a hired dancer in a bar. Each cuts swells and aches with the title’s ‘stories of sadness’- half-remembered rave synths drown in a fug of reverb, melodies are mangled by synths that sound like sheet metal being scraped across brick, and the general effect is closer to Boards of Canada or even Explosions in the Sky than club traxx. Only 300 made and lovingly packaged by hand.
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Over the past few years San Franciscan producer bvdub has managed to partially destroy the legacy he had earlier created slopping out a series of records that seemed half formed at best and at worst dreadful examples of gas station chill out that should have been left in the can. 'Born in Tokyo' stands out as a particular nadir. I'm pleased to report though that this is rather lovely. Here he eschews his usual 20 minute + tracks for a series of 19 short form ambient pieces that shimmer and glide in all the right places. Perhaps limiting himself is what has paid dividends, forcing the artist to say all he needs to say in the two to three minutes per track.
You know from the beginning that this is going to be good. The opener (no titles just numbers) immediately brings back the grainy sense of atmosphere that made albums such as 'The First Day' such exquisite slabs of ambience. A hissy beat less slice of techno ambience which is swiftly followed by a further evocation that wallows in the same kind of pastoral haunt exemplified in Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works'.
As often is the case bvdub works to a concept....here the pieces are inspired by conversations he had with an..ahem...'dancer' he met but as usual the music is atmospheric enough that it's open to any kind of interpretation you want to put on it. Many of you may disagree with my perceived 'slump' in bvdub's recent output but if you have then this is the perfect place to get back on board.
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