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Boomkat Product Review:
Coming from the hallowed corridors of the GRM studios in Paris, you know that you’re going to be getting some ear candy, and this fifth album from Swiss-French sound artist Kassel Jaeger certainly provides.
Made up of three recent compositions, ‘Deltas’ is an exploratory record, functioning on the fringe of electronic music. Opener ‘Campo Del Cielo’ is an ear-churning manipulation of field recordings of stones (seriously), offset in the second half by electromagnetic captures of meteorite resonances. If you’re not sure how the hell that’s going to sound you’re not on your own, but trust us when we say it’s an engrossing, all encompassing and slightly disconcerting experience.
The album’s title track serves as its centerpiece, and counter to the opener’s gritty digital fallout, ‘Deltas’ begins with a wave of string sounds and near-ambient manipulations. Quickly this builds to incorporate dense, synthesized bass and a sheet of slow-moving distortion that rapidly envelopes the entire track. In less calm hands the piece would have been hackneyed and cheap, but Jaeger’s masterful touch makes this eminently listenable and gives it the kind of low punch to the gut it needs. Very high quality material yet again from Editions Mego.