TER: Fingerprints CD cat|sun

TER

TER: Fingerprints  CD cat|sun

Poland based composer TER works with a cross-breed of vintage and modern electronics that are tinged with percussion.  Over the course of six untitled tracks, emotive and evocative simplistic synth lines invoke a blissful ambience that occasionally drifts into thumping beats, without overstepping the mark as to fall into dance territory.

There is a sparse emptiness to ‘Fingerprints’ that acts as this albums main strength.  In part, the obscure cold pads are tinged with an amber glow, giving this release an almost winter morning briskness as you breathe in the frost sharpened air.

TER has produced an album, that whilst not being monumentally amazing does hold itself upright and sturdy.  I would have liked to see a touch more bravery in the execution of the programming; and whilst the uncomplicated layers are one of this releases strengths, they are also something to work on in the future to elevate this project to a greater audience.  Minimalistic and unfussy, packaged in an oversized digipak with pleasant artwork, this artist does show promise as an entire package, should he dare take a larger leap into the unknown.

7.5/10

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MIRT: Rite of Passage CD cat|sun

MIRT

MIRT: Rite of Passage  CD cat|sun

This is the follow on to Mirt’s ‘Heading South’; once again touching on the idea of creating a soundtrack to a ‘Non existent Trash Movie’, to quote the press blurb; and ‘Rite 1’ shows a beautiful stylistic approach to atmosphere that captures the concept to a tee.

Like the backdrop to some of those great movie moments where the hero drives through a desert at sunset, a faltering heartbeat thumps along to the unswaying ambience that rolls and glides as its companion.  Along with ‘Rite1’, ‘Rite 2’ carries forward an entirely different narrative, which musically I find hard to translate across, other than lonely contemplation.

‘Rite of Passage’ does play out like a film too; along the way the album throws up distractions that are not actual songs, but more of a break in the storyline.  Necessary to the concept as a whole though, these moments can be forgiven.

As a whole, Mirt has to be commended for this release; apparently each track was created in one take on just one modular synth, with no further mixing or overdubbing.  What he has achieved is a varying palette of light and shade, piggybacking an essence of cool wrapped in a mysterious web of intrigue.

9/10