Boomkat Product Review:
Berlin-based sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman returns to Subtext with the powerful electro-acoustic scapes of 'Études' a year on from his 'Nimbes' soundtrack with James Ginzburg and his pair of Ketev tape works for Where To Now? and Opal Tapes. This, his 2nd album proper, involves ten studies for contrabass, using newly-honed, counter-intuitive technique to, in a sense, bybass his classical training and draw out an "unnatural" range of secreted resonance and physically affective vibrations. By probing his instrument's acoustic dynamic range with close micing and post-production, he really animate the instrument's subconscious thoughts with revelatory detail. You'll hear clear precedents in other Subtext releases by Emptyset, Roly Porter, or Paul Jebanasam, but rarely executed quite so succinct and poignant as these pieces, from the guttural growl of 'Drifts' to his blackened arabaesque, 'Nadir' and the gloaming light of 'Lamant (Coda)'.