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novisad - Funkel
Those of you with the keenest memories out there may remember Novisad's Kristian Peters from his first two albums on Tomlab. His album Seleya, released in 2001, was an arrestingly lovely thing, full of intricate lo-fi textures and mysterious loop-based constructions, and it's a great shame that it's taken Peters so long to get back to us with a third outing. The result of some seven years of musical endeavour, Funkel would seem to pick up where Seleya left off, stitching together ruptured electronic phrases snatched from processed guitar recordings and all manner of effects. The end result of all this is an album that feels like a collection of sketches and strangely half-formed ideas, yet when it's all bundled together there's a curious narrative sense to it all, and you find yourself submitting to Peters' very unique soundworld. Every so often moments of glaring beauty rise from the cumulative tangle of spluttering repetitions: 'Yappari', for example, offers an evocative drone interlude while 'Untitled 2' lightly dismantles sounds taken from Lucky Kitchen's Aeron & Sandra, but taken as a whole you're likely to conclude that Funkel is a strange and enigmatic beast - an album that sounds quite unlike anything else and undoubtedly rewards perseverance but at times almost sounds as if it was made by accident rather than deliberated over for seven years. Really quite odd, but an immersive, utterly lovely piece of work nonetheless.