Boomkat Product Review:
My word we've been waiting for this, in fact - for anything off Machinefabriek's amazing 'Dauw' album to appear on vinyl - and boy we're in luck here. Not only does this gorgeous 7" come with the title track of the album (for our money the best track from by far the best Machinefabriek release ever) - it also features a sublime re-work from man of the moment Nils Frahm!* Machinefabriek joins forces with up-and-coming pianist (and Peter Broderick cohort) Nils Frahm for this latest enterprise: a most welcome 7" release for the title track from Rutger Zuydervelt's outstanding Dauw album. On the original recording, the prolific Dutchman sets out a lulling network of spindling acoustic guitar plucks and minuscule electronic textures all encapsulated within the gentlest of computer processed arrangements. This actually feels like one of the few electronically aided guitar compositions to really break free of the enduringly familiar Fennesz model - there are certainly references to the influential Austrian's six-string treatments, but the dominant feel here is far more minimal and reclined. Early on, piano chords bolster the meandering guitar parts, imposing a more formal, structural presence to the piece before wiry electronics start to fizz and drone in the background and a grand old Arvo Pärt-style choir arises out of nowhere. From all of Machinefriek's hundreds of tracks 'Dauw; really is the one of his most jawdropping and atmospheric recordings ever, it really is that good. The Nils Frahm reinterpretation housed on the B-side only reinforces 'Dauw's contemplative beauty. All instruments are configured for the piano, leaving an especially effective coda in which Frahm takes on the heavy melancholy of that choral sequence, and renders it in a manner redolent of the stately piano solos on Zbigniew Preisner's soundtrack to Kieslowski's The Double Life Of Véronique. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi (12k, Kning Disk, Häpna) - we cant tell you how much we love this record.
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