Boomkat Product Review:
The Peckham/Paris-based Panatype label scoop another lovely debut with Bernard Baum’s curious offering of small sound ambient scrabble and drizzly dub-house environments following up Home, the sublime first release by Newcastle’s Schuttle. In a similar, drowsy late night style, this one nestles somewhere between the sweetly decayed ambient foliage of Huerco S, Phil Struck and Cotton Goods.
With only a two hour soundcloud mix to his name prior to After, Bernard Baum arrives hazily formed from the internet ether with a gently intoxicating suite of rustling ambient textures and drizzly environments, drifting half-consciously from the anaesthetised atmosphere and stumbling dub groove of Cromis, to feel his way thru gently textured tracks with a really intimate sort of tactility, from the woolly chords of Onra, to the gently coruscating metallic tang and bittersweet underwater melodies of After, before coming up for air with the Huerco S-like dub house buoyancy of Atoll. The B-side then leads back inside, introspective into the haptic rustle and buzz of Cold Agriculture, to float Enter The Void style on the slow ambient jazz chords of of Coming Down In SE5, then stranding us at the ambient outlasting Atoll (Beatless Mix) in a sort of palindromic, Moebius strip resolution, ready to go from the top again.