Boomkat Product Review:
Highly influential, singular sound artist and engineer Stephan Mathieu offers another heart-stopping compendium in ‘Folio’, collecting 5 albums worth of music, plus lots of bonus material, following his massive ‘Radiance’ boxset released earlier in 2018.
A lesson in the art of craftng patient, deeply absorbing drone and string panoramas, ‘Folio’ offers a fully zoomed out birds-eye view over reams of Mathieu’s more recent works (just shy of 8 hours in total), ranging from his haunting dedication to Ridley Scott’s original Alien crew in ‘Nostromo’ - arguably the last word in abandoned space station ambience - and thru to an expanded edition of ‘The Falling Rocket’ , a rework of the droning dream sequences off his 3CD set ‘Nachtstucke’, and a previously unpublished version of ‘Palimpsest’, the first Schwebung release, here retitled as ‘Folio’.
The ‘Nostromo’ disc is a big favourite for us, full of finely layered detail and subtle spatial dynamics in a way that perfectly evokes its subject matter. Likewise, we can say much the same for ‘Sacred Ground’, Mathieu's soundtrack to a film of the same name, where again his skills as a scene dresser and dramaturgist come into play, whilst ‘The Falling Rocket’ finds him tilted skyward, with attention given to a vertiginous sense of scale and heady movement in the mid-higher registers.
Once again, the slow gaze is key to this amazing suite, offering some of the most restrained and absorbing drone and orchestral minimalism you'll hear this side of Philip Jeck, Stars Of The Lid, Kassel Jaeger or Akira Rabelais. We urge you to spend time diving into its endless charms.