8/10 Ant Staff review, 09 November 2017
Minais B is an alias of Villads Klint, who is one third of avant-electronic pop trio trio Khalil -- check their recent album ‘The Water We Drink’ on Posh Isolation. Klint has been active under the moniker for a few years now, but ‘As The River At Its Source’ is his debut vinyl offering. This is the second release on fledgling Copenhagen-based label Petrola 80, who have presented the work as a single-sided 12", housed in a printed PVC plastic sleeve in an edition of 250 copies. I’m not usually a fan of one-sided records, but sometimes a piece of music needs to stand alone as a single statement - I think in this case it’s justified.
Thematically it explores “the complexity and despair of human beings in unfamiliar environments”. The female spoken word narrative poses numerous sociological questions based around the meeting of two strangers in possible situations -- either meeting physically or virtually i.e over the internet. Klint’s electronics are constantly in motion, mirroring the emotions and thoughts of the scenario through pleasure to discomfort. Its very well produced and executed, and makes for something far more thought provoking and explorative of the human condition than your average ambient/electronic offering. Although conceptually the piece is rooted in a real world scenario, there’s a very pleasurable dream-like/fantasy/hallucinatory quality to the atmosphere. You can hear it in full on the SoundCloud player, so check it out for yourself.
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