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Legendary German producer Gudrun Gut teams up with Guatamalan cellist and vocalist Mabe Fratti for this long-distance collaboration that examines words and field recordings against the backdrop of a precarious global climate. Check in for dubwise, industrial constructions that feel as ghostly and as dissociated as Grouper but as plugged-in and observational as claire rousay.
'Let's Talk About The Weather' is that rare album that does exactly what it claims to do. It grew from online conversations between Gut in Berlin and Fratti in Mexico City, and developed slowly into a musical collaboration; the two artists would chat about the weather, which might at first sound pedestrian, but with the world gripped by an evolving climate crisis, it's a more resonant subject than it ever has been before.
The pair developed a remote working process, shuttling sound files back and forth with Mabe developing vocals and Gudrun sculpting field recordings made in both cities. It became a healing activity during quarantine, as both artists were able to experiment with each other's material and push into areas they may have previously left unexplored. "Let's Talk About The Weather" is a varied album, ranging from the low-key electro of opening track 'Aufregend' to the doomed narrative ambience of the four-part eponymous closer.
It's that closing piece that brings the record's low-key musing on weather into focus: carefully edited recordings of weather forecasts, environmental sounds and personal chatter give the epic composition a chilling effectiveness. It's not a million miles from claire rousay and more eaze's "an afternoon whine", it sounds as if we're getting transported into Gut and Fratti's creative space for a few moments, and that's a rare privilege.