Boomkat Product Review:
Acid maestro Tin Man with a beautiful exploration of the 303 along kosmiche vectors.
Cleanly transposing his tried and tested acid frameworks to more nostalgic, retro ends, Tin Man imaginatively tweaks a uchronic timeline where ‘70s teutonic longhairs had access to Roland’s wee box, which wouldn’t actually be available to the wider public until 1981. The six parts plot a finely stepped bridge between the swaying, pulsing elegance of Manuel Göttsching and classic Kluster/Cluster, and the charms of early ‘90s AI electronica, from AFX to Luke Vibert and Mike Paradinas, via prototypical applications of the 303 such as Charanjit Singh’s ‘Synthesizing - Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat’ (1982), or aspects of Chris Carter’s ‘The Space Between’, as opposed to its relatively punk/free-jazz deployment by Phuture and the Chicago house pioneers.
While Tin Man’s near 20 year catalogue has long been a masterclass in finding infinite variation within a theme, variously extruding the 303’s silvery ribbons from tuff jackers to noirish lounge bops with Rashad Becker and beyond, ‘Arles’ is by any measure his lushest, most sublimely melodic work. Chiming to life with the ’70s-into-‘90s appeal of ‘Arriveé’, it waltzes along astral-planing contours in the title tune, and summons a sort of cosmic tristesse in ‘Lucidité’, with a timeless melancholy that slopes into the tinfoil samba of ‘Espace Gestuel’. The optimistic luft of of ‘Tounesol’ best betrays the inspiration of pioneers like Conrad Schnitzler and µ-Ziq, and the gently wormholing, curdled melody and harmonics of ‘Irisé’ highlights how the lysergic experience of early German progressives would linger long into the ‘90s musics of Kompakt crew and the UK braindancers, and ultimately nowadays in the work of Aleksi Perälä or indeed Tin Man.