Having not been heard from much since 2004, except for the odd remix here and there and his last full length 'Ena' being released on Thinner in 2004 you couldn’t be blamed for thinking Selffish was now deep into semi retirement. He was busy though gathering source material and solace from the Latvian countryside. Layering these samples with piano, double bass, strings, saxophone and guitar you can expect a return to his deep and warm minimal electronica meeting jazz seen on his earlier albums.
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Just look at that sleeve photo. Bathers in the Med having a whale of a time. Or perhaps it’s the Baltic… in the height of Summer. I say that because Selffish -- aka Andrejs Eigus, for it is he -- hails from Riga. Latvia’s capital is but a short train ride from some nice beaches (I know because I have been there and it was nothing short of idyllic, but you don’t need to hear about that). Anyway, Mr Eigus made this record having been inspired by the solace of the very green Baltic countryside, where he gathered sounds and recorded them of course.
Andrejs has assembled here a beautiful collection of gentle, warming electronica -- of the kind we used to hear from continental types on, for example, the City Centre Offices label and Stefan Betke’s ~scape -- which he has augmented with live instrumentation. Melodic keyboards rise and fall softly over hazy electronics, walking double-bass and lightly jazzy guitar. The baritone sax on the track ‘Restless Dog’ is gorgeously subtle, those low notes hitting just the spot this Tuesday afternoon. ‘As The Leaves Fall’ is evocative of deep-green, twilit pastoral beauty. ‘Treijas’ is even better: subtle electronic rhythms combined with the deftest, most minimal melodies on keys; like a virtual massage of the temples.
Bloody lovely stuff. Really.
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