Boomkat Product Review:
Much of Taylor Deupree's recent output has been characterised by an increasing presence of conventional instrumentation (particularly acoustic guitars) woven into his more customary digitised soundscapes. Perhaps as a means of balancing out this departure from more vehemently electronic forms, Deupree assumes this new guise for the Bine Music imprint, marking a return to the more rhythmic, techno influenced compositions of his work in the mid-nineties. You'd have trouble closely aligning this material to any of the minimal techno formats currently in vogue, instead a more accurate reference might be Frank Bretschneider's music, himself an occasional contributor to 12k, and another musician who employs the rhythms and repetitions of techno as a template for a wholly more nuanced, microscopic approach to the sculpting of electronic sound. 'Spine' for example, is on the one hand held together by a strict 4/4 framework, underpinned by the sonar bleeps of the Sahko sound, while on the other features those distinctive, elaborate filtrations that crop up in Deupree's more experimental work. After all, Deupree's been playing around with narratives based around repetition and stasis since his landmark Stil. album, it's just that this time there's a fixed time signature, and beats are explicitly part of his idiom. This collection presents four tracks as a taster of an upcoming Ando album for the label, and it certainly sounds like a promising new venture for one of contemporary electronica's most persistently brilliant musicians.