Gabriel Saloman (Of Yellow Swans)
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gabriel saloman (of yellow swans) - Adhere
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Remember Yellow Swans? Course you do, Pete Swanson's evidently kept their memory burning with his blistered techno output since their demise. But what of the other guy in YS? Gabriel Saloman is his name and he's just knocked us out with 'Adhere', a completely unpredicted swerve into minimalist neo-classical composition for a dance piece created by The Contingency Plan (Vanessa Goodman, Lina Fitzner & Jane Osborne). Manning guitar, drums, piano and synthesiser, it's far removed from our expectations, sounding more like his new Miasmah label mates Kreng or Elegi than his former group, and if i'm completely honest it's a far more engrossing and nuanced affair. There are still twinges of his rogue background, but they're coolly reserved to the periphery, a looming presence which threatens yet never boils over, allowing what could be construed as a sense of bliss to come across by the record's end. The balance of elements in the mix is masterful, finding a richly layered, pellucid poise between the billowing basses at its core and the lapping folds of distortion at its fringes, allowing martial percussions to ring true and affording the strings palatial space to keen and coruscate in the spotlight. It'll be obvious from the samples that this is a strong recommendation for fans of The Haxan Cloak, Mike Weis, Demdike Stare, or even Regis.