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machinefabriek - Marijn
Following on from the truly delectable 3" releases that have been drifting through the office over the past few months, the time has finally come for a full length Machinefabriek album - with Rutger Zuydervel drawing on a slew of influences for debut LP 'Marijn'. Woven together from filigrees of diffused sound, the music contained within 'Marijn' is like a slow-burning candle - shedding little light on it's source, but nonetheless creating an ambience and glow that can't help but draw you in. Similar in structure to the less oppressive end of drone, 'Marijn' opens through the crumbly textures of 'Kreukeltape' - wherein a thrum of crackling elements gently accrue light and shade through the introduction of muted piano, distant rhythms and fuzzy processing. Juxtaposing the austere with the inclusive, 'Kreukeltape' is the perfect entrance to Machinefabriek's world, with the musique-concrete elements lapping against a more soundscape-orientated angle that is dark but not claustrophobic. From here, the next stop is 'Somerset' and a masterclass in unobtrusive micro-electronic compositions, as the spindly production is used to buttress the freewheeling atmospherics and distant radio signals on top, whilst 'Wolkenkrabber' massages found-sound detritus into a tape-fed compote of intense beauty. With the sonic squall of 'J'espere CA' and throaty dissonance pf 'Schipbreuk' both equally beguiling, Zuydervel closes the album with the eighteen minute climax of 'Lawine' - a cascading build-up of aural peaks that represents a tsunami of sound which never threatens to belligerently overwhelm the listener. 100% cotton...