An eight track release from Belgian sound artist Yves De Mey entitled Bleak Comfort. This record is described as having 'left-of-centre' electronics which, of course, drew mt attention to it straight away. One can only wonder what Mey's electro-acoustic, left-of-centre electronics have to offer this time around. A pounding bass line with a hint of Miliband synths? I have no idea. Available on double LP on Latency.
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For his third full-length LP, Belgian sound artist Yves De Mey has seemingly settled into a nice little groove, expertly running his well-crafted bleeps, bloops and blips over mysterious electronic terrain. Vaguely unsettling atmospheres pervade throughout the record; just as you’re getting used to a rhythm developing -- such as on (yellow side, track 2) ‘Mika’, for instance -- alien, spearing noises of white-hot intensity break through to get you guessing what’s in store next for your roughshod ears. Pulses are a recurring motif on the LP -- micro rhythms skitter amongst each other and overlap eerie electronic surges, as on (silver side, track one), ‘Vecto’.
It’s the absence of any sort of linear narrative that disconcerts, more than a little; listening to the record's title track and the off-kilter metallic reverberations of ‘Stale’ -- either side of the (almost) Aphexy acid squiggles and general instability of ‘17 Graves’ -- is more than enough to make this reviewer feel light-headed and, well, woozy. Frankly.
This is disorientating, deconstructed club music to give you just a taste of how life could be in another universe. Evidence, perhaps of creative comfort in bleak modern times… Bleak Comfort, in fact.
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