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mokira - Persona
There's been a huge buzz doing the rounds about this release over the last few weeks, and judging by the volume of queries we've had about it we can only assume that you lot are already aware of the sheer brilliance of the latest and most anticipated album from Andreas Tilliander yet. 'Persona' is an intense and multi-layered exploration of reduced dub, drone and hauntological elements realised on a truly epic scale, referencing everyone from William Basinski to Thomas Koner, Mika Vainio, Vladislav Delay, Tim Hecker, even Akira Rabelais along the way. Opening track "About last step and scale" edges into existence with an almost frayed tape loop that slowly gathers weight and momentum, turning into a colossal reverberation edging into drone with the kind of ghostly, submerged existence that's as unnerving as it is blissful. At the other end of the album "invitation to love" proceeds along a similar trajectory but is much more decimated, deploying a kind of haunted ballroom effect that brings to mind James Kirby's awesome Caretaker albums, with a degraded tape sound followers of William Basinski will immediately recognise. The middle section of the album is more distilled - "When The Sun Hits" and "the House Hit' introducing percussive elements and, briefly, a squashed square bassline that's so unexpected it almost yanks you out of the dense fog of sounds in which you've been engulfed with very little warning. It's a jarring but deeply compelling diversion point that adds dimension and space to what can only be described as the best realised album in Tilliander's already impressive catalogue. Essential Purchase.