Boomkat Product Review:
"It's All Just Another Aspect Of Mannerism" is the first solo full length release from Los Angeles based Logreybeam, aka Gabriel Morley. Gabriel has previously released material for Team Shadetek's scarce Shadetek label and, together with longtime collaborator John Xela, has released music under the name Yasume for the City Centre Offices imprint. Having spent many years studying music at the prestigious Cal Arts Academy, Morley has taken his training in modern classical composition and turned it on its head. Instead of merely sampling the instruments he has so painstakingly learned, he resynthesizes, filters and destroys them until scant traces remain on the resulting sound recordings. Every track starts with a sound base, whether it be piano, strings or percussion, only a hint of the original source is left. All we hear are tones, trapped reverberations, the sounds that we are taught to ignore. For this release Morley dispenses with percussion almost entirely to make a record of drifting, crystalline beauty. It opens in typically classical style, with the sounds of a laptop orchestra tuning their samples on 'Premonition'. This sets the tone of the record perfectly as it drifts seamlessly from Xenakis-influenced electrical drones into the cold, precise digital manipulations explored previously by artists such as Carsten Nicolai. It stops for breath mid-way with 'Beetelguise', a wonderful reinterpretation of Danny Elfman's influential theme, proving that there is room for a wry smile in the po-faced world of the avante garde. As the album draws to a satisfying close with the mysterious 'Untitled' we are treated to a piece of field recording, delicately manipulated to brush the senses rather than barrage them with information. This kind of subtlety is rarely achieved, yet Gabriel Morley manages effortlessly. Such simple yet involving beauty comes around far too infrequently, which is what makes 'It's All Just Another Aspect Of Mannerism' such an essential work.