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Coinciding with the cusp of a bloody cold snap in northern Europe, Yair Elazar Glotman’s gripping 2nd LP for Subtext, Blessed Initiative, feels like it was issued to intensify the weather with its frozen tones and brittle icicle formation, leaving us cold AF in the best way.
Staking a huge bound forward in terms of space and precision within the Berlin-based artist’s production, Blessed Initiative elicits dizzying, sometimes sickening sensations of vertigo, hypothermia and loneliness thru an abstract, complex palette of extreme frequencies and visceral electronic convolution, with only the slightest slivers of melodic redemption acting as antifreeze, breaking down its tightly crystallised structures to flow out into cavernous spatial settings where they tend to freeze up again in a perpetual cycle of dissonant resolution.
We can perhaps trace this bracingly icy and forward sound to Glotman’s use of the KYMA system which has lent its vast capabilities to Hollywood film and computer game soundtrack industries since the late ‘80s. Combined with a personalised arsenal of foley, tape manipulation and even sawn-off syllables of his own voice, the results provide an mercurial mass of imaginative cues and synaesthetic prompts that certainly play into that fantasy soundtrack for an unmade film genre.
However it’s perhaps better considered as the best reflection or overview of Glotman’s oeuvre to hand, encompassing all of his conflictive aesthetics and sensory tactility in a chaotic yet highly disciplined articulation of his classical training and immersion in Berlin’s world of avant practice.
Really impressive side. Recommended.