Boomkat Product Review:
Enjoying a quiet year by his standards, Rutger Zuydervelt finds a new sparring partner on this album: Australian guitarist Tim Caitlin. It would seem that this collaboration came about largely by accident, Zuydervelt stumbling upon Caitlin's work whilst researching prepared guitar techniques. Once the two musicians established contact, Caitlin set about a number of initial recordings that were then sent the way of Zuydervelt for overdubs, final editing and sequencing. The final product differs markedly from the main thread of Machinefabriek's catalogue, detaching from its conventionally process-heavy sonic language, and instead leaving the instrumental source very much at the heart of each composition. The shorter track times also means that Zuydervelt doesn't fall into the kind of structural conformities that characterises his longer pieces, and these tracks feel free of the pressures of narrative sculpting, left instead to get on with the business of... well, just sounding lovely. The music is at its most successful when avoiding drone-style material, and pieces such as 'Strain', 'Arpeggio', 'Ghostbox' and 'Flutter' all do well to avoid what could easily have turned out to be a torrent of steely sustains, but the strongest works are probably 'Skip', 'Glisten 1' and 'Glisten 2', which exude a huge amount of warmth whilst retaining the strongly physical qualities of the guitar strings. Highly recommended.