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Engrossing, patiently evolving minimalism gleaned from experiments with a Revox A-77 tape machine by a mainstay of Thessaloniki and Greek avant garde - one for followers of Basinski, Machinefabriek, Kevin Drumm
A must-check for fans of tape music’s inherent ferric wow and flutter and strange capacity for detuned overtones, Metaxas’ follow-up to his Superpang instalment of ’21 yields a single meditative piece in three parts that revel in a certain, groggy state of mind. The recording is a product of the artist needing to make music with a more limited set-up, which lead him to the classic Revox A-77 tape machine, prized for its varispeed functionality and tactility.
The process involved Metaxas cutting loops from a reel of Dutch folk songs that came with the machine (bought in Rotterdam) and feeling them out for a few days, eventually restituting them with a synth loops, and smudging the results together in de-pitched reiterations, as with his first volume of ‘Magnetic Loops’ for Falt in 2021.
Surely not intended to be consumed while driving or operating heavy machinery, the music effortlessly lulls us into a hypnagogic headspace with the murmuring melodic cadence and spectral ephemera that stealthily reveals itself in Pt.1, while Pt.2 is given to some gorgeous wow and flutter whispering eight minutes of sweet nothings to our ears, and Pt.3 creates a cats cradle for your mind with its tattered ribbons of dashs and streaks on a cloudy canvas.