By Strauss on Jul 25 2014
When the dust settles and the smoke clears, 2014 may be remembered for many things, but in my mind, it will always be the year of Phil Diamond. Dude is pumping out amazing tapes at an amazing rate, and I have no idea which one deserves the most love so don’t be…
“Filled out with plenty of mod-wheel sass and some dark, mysterious beats, all three tapes deliver the suspense, intrigue, action and horror of a stone-cold whodunit. The only thing missing is the popcorn.”
I have always been a fan of ‘80s films where you could read between the lines. Be it an action, science fiction, horror, and drama film, you can pluck out a burgeoning scene of analog film score an…
Yves Malone is a musician of this world who seems to contort into a mystery. The Bern electronic artist remains as elusive as his musical style. Outrun … urban survival … neither the cause nor the solution, his music is a painted swatch of decoration; an all encompassing guide to our internal and external spheres. The chase is not about a fist-bumping 120 bpm hyperblast. It’s about hiding in the shadows. It’s about canvassing and control. The night is an experience nothing more grandeur than the seedy noir built of industrial architecture staring down on petty human cause. This is Abysscoteque.
Yves Malone: Three Movies (Field Hymns)
Just a heads up: there is more than plenty to digest here. 26 tracks in all, spread out over three cassettes, and each one a delectable dose of medical-grade synthesizer relief. Packaged in a tall vinyl box, Three Movies is apparently a tangible-format release of a digital-only effort from 2012 where Yves Malone decided to create soundtracks to (wait for it) three movies. Abysscoteque, The Echo People, and Zenith City to be exact. Each note, pitch slide, and tense loop is lustrous and deliberate. Whether diving into lonely tunnels of sound or plucking glitz and glow, Yves Malone is equally calculative and creative. The splashes of analog rhythms weaving through peaks and valleys of lacquered vibrations draw easy comparisons to Carpenter/Howarth zones, but are far from carbon copies.