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Spanish composer Miguel Angel Tolosa unearths childhood recordings he made in 1987 influenced by Brian Eno's "Music For Airports" and "Discreet Music" using a cheap tape machine. The result is a moving set of dusty, melancholy piano loops that echo William Basinski's "Melancholia" or Philip Jeck at his most pensive and restrained.
Using fragments of French and Russian classical music, a 17-year old Tolosa had attempted to step into the ambient world of Eno but quickly hit a technological wall. The tape dubbing technique wasn't offering him quite enough versatility, so when he bought an Akai sampler a decade later, he continued to experiment with the sounds. During lockdown last year, Tolosa revisited the material again and recomposed it for this album - the samples however remain uncleaned, just as he had captured them when he was a teenager.
It's a fittingly sentimental look at nostalgia as a cultural device. Tolosa is obviously nostalgic for not only a time when the musical ideas felt so open ended, but for the fragments of music themselves, evoking similarly warm feelings in many of us - primed by movies and television. Tolosa loops them with crackles offering a kind of percussion, bringing to mind Akira Rabelais's moving "Eisotrophobia" or any number of William Basinski's releases. It's beautiful music that revels in its simplicity, but also the wonder of teenage hopefulness.