Maps & Diagrams is Tim Martin (Atlantis/Black Elk/Bluhm). Moving to Handstitched for Mosaic he strips back the glitchy beats and leaves just the glitch and his stunning synthesis to create digital soundscapes, but it doesn't reach drone levels, more like beatless downtempo. Absolutely tiny run of these all with individual packaging and artwork including.
CD £13.99 HS21
CD on Handstitched. Edition of 80 hand-numbered copies in handmade packaging. Each copy comes with an original artwork, by Tropical Gloom, made with watercolour and acrylic paint.
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- Mosaic by Maps and Diagrams
Here’s a CD in nicely hand-bound card packaging, on the limited-run (80 worldwide) Handstitched label.
I love it when these things are joined up. With original artwork too, by Tropical Gloom, hand-painted in acrylics and watercolour paint, no less. With collage-style cut out print by Ibha.gr. The arty and aesthetically sensitive amongst you will already be crying out that we take your money, but how’s the music? I hear you murmur. It’s pleasingly buzzy, nuanced and textured ambient. Clear drone, perhaps.
There are some luscious sounds on this album. Deep electronic hums underpin laser-guided missives of mini synth melodies. It often calls to mind Cluster & Eno, in fact. The tracks are sometimes interspersed with found sound; distant, reverberating human voice blending into the bloops as on track 5, ‘Weltanschauung’, in turn segueing into the tangential pulses and Radiophonic noises of ‘Curve-3.8’. A little bit ‘Clangers’-like, that one. The music constantly retains a structured feel with a polished finish every bit as glassine as the shiny, transparent paper it’s all packaged in. All neat and tidy.
Addictive sounds for fans of adventurous electronics, minimal melodies and hand-finished design. Nice.
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