MATHIAS DELPHLANQUE: Chutes CD Baskaru
Obscure as you like, backwards harmonics and fluttering percussion fall over themselves the moment you hit play; minimalist titles such as ‘So’, giving so little away. There’s no doubting how strange this is and it’s hard to comment on, but it’s engaging (on the opening tracks).
There is a touch of the field recordings on this, but luckily Mathias has gelled it altogether with gloopy ambient harmonies fighting against themselves and raising it a level above the norm, creating actual music.
For the most part, little changes along the way from start to finish and ‘Chutes’ could be taken in one sitting. Guitar feedback adds another dimension to the proceedings and is utilised cleverly as to neither overshadow the other sounds nor become lost in the mix.
Towards the end Delphlanque does lose his way somewhat. Ambient chimes and tantric elements steadily make their way to the fore and for me this spoils the result as a whole. I would have preferred it if the direction had been kept on an even keel and utilised earlier inspirations; if truth be told, because of this the first few songs could have been solely released as an EP, such is the damage.