With an opening pad sequence that instantly recalls RDJ's "Blue Calx", Arbee sets us off into space by pushing us outward from this planetoid and into zero-grav freefall. Strange colors and gaseous solar formations pass by, little asteroids disintegrating into pockmarked surfaces. The occasional radio fuzz coming thru the helmet. We're like the surfing astronauts at the end of Dark Star.
Favorite track: Obsolescence.
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Planned Obsolescence. Creating with the intent of falling apart. Six pieces by Mathieu Lamontagne reflecting on our need to consume, and environmental irresponsibility. Deep ambience surrounded by electronic textures and artefacts popping up amidst a peaceful reprieve. Polar Seas is happy to present this new work by Mathieu, who has also issued several recordings on Unknown Tone, Twice Removed, and Audio Gourmet, and who also records under the alias arbee.
"Warm, delicate and plaintive sound colors guide the listener in a vast sea of broken memories and faded reveries of a post-industrial continent. The sound architecture includes many tiny detail and micro noises poetically combined, embracing an emotional vibe and provides an imaginative dialogue between processed musique concrète and morosely nostalgic ambient reveries." - Igloo Mag
"Listening to Obsolescence Programmée, one hears ghosts in the machine...An ambient mist spreads slowly over the recording, lugubrious and perfumed, reflecting a state of physical satiation combined with a nagging spiritual dissatisfaction." - A Closer Listen
released September 21, 2018
Music by Mathieu Lamontagne
Images by Angela Carter
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
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An pleasant listening experience as ever from Sven Laux, who has made himself a distinctive sounding electronic producer combining glitching clicks into synchronized rhythms with orchestral strings and pianos. I found the dubby sounds of Fluidity to be most by my liking. co9
supported by 9 fans who also own “Obsolescence Programmée”
Late nite in Bisbee; Alexa playing music much like this; a martini with my wife; just talking; lights low as to not attract bugs through the open door; letting in the coolest aire even in the depths of summer. She often falls asleep there on the couch, while I look through the trees out into the night; thinking and remembering; the alcohol helps ease honest assessments; too much though, and brooding is sure to confuse and obscure. Jeff Richardson