Johannes Malfatti is a busy Berlin sound designer who has lent his compositional and performance skills to all manner of different musics over the years. But this is his first solo release. Surge is a deep, slow-growing stretch of ambience that was inspired by the geology of the Austrian Alps. Texture and motion are key to this release. CD on Glacial Movements
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 18 January 2017
Well, there’s a thing. Johannes Malfatti is a composer and sound designer, based in Berlin. With me so far? Good, ‘cause this is going to be a good ‘un. This compact disc, by the by, is the last of today’s trio hand-picked by Clint to soothe my tired ears (which have by this point been subjected to a standard sample of hard-hittin’ techno and rattling noise-drone), just a normal day at this office then.
The record is, of course, one long broad-sweeping surge of granular ambient drone. Hazily drifting, yet barely noticeable in its inching progression. Appropriately enough, it’s a release on Rome’s ‘Glacial Movements’ imprint. These guys actually specialize in frozen icy soundscapes, conjuring images of land topped in vast swathes of crunchy snow and ice. Crunchy ice… mmm. Delicious. You can almost hear the sounds of icebergs colliding, bouncing off one another and thawing into the Arctic meltwaters… almost.
Sounds to accompany a Winter colder (probably... almost certainly in fact) than yours; wherever you are. So be thankful for that. In a nutshell, then: It’s very very chilled.
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