Boomkat Product Review:
In the unlikely event of Rutger Zuydervelt not releasing enough music to quench your Machinefabriek thirst, this 3"CD comes with a download link to a 25 minute bonus live set, recorded in The Hague... about 38 minutes ago, or at some other ridiculously recent juncture. And, in keeping with Machinefabriek logic, the bonus track exceeds the length of Rusland itself. It's a topsy turvy world, huh? For all its brevity, this incredible little disc makes quite an impression: the music takes the form of a collage combining various recordings made by Zuydervelt whilst he was in Russia last month, and despite the insanely rapid turnaround, it's at least the equal of anything else he's delivered of late. Beginning with detached, airy tones, drifting around for a couple of minutes or so, the piece eventually accumulates a certain amount of density, and a solid sound mass begins to develop - layer upon layer of ambiguous intervals and sustained tones. Eventually a distinct melodic motif reveals itself, dissolving as quickly as it appeared, rejoining the clump of sonorities. The final phase of the recording is shrouded in an edgy quietness, filled with filtered wafts of texture and hints of field recordings. It all decays away in an enigmatic, evocative fashion before a dusty sounding acappella vocal recording (I'm no expert, but I'd put money on it being in Russian) sings us out. Another confoundingly good release from the Machinefabriek assembly line, Essential Purchase!