Boomkat Product Review:
Kangding Ray aka David Letellier has come up with a remarkably accomplished debut. Having started his musical career as a guitarist and drummer in rock bands, Letellier has made his transition into the world of cutting edge sound design with admirable aplomb. Stabil sounds like the work of a seasoned master, the double header of 'nn/tracks' and 'interrompu court' begins the album with a surprising combination of melodic accessibility and signature clicky minimalism and precise austerity. The title track and 'Mai' further advance this marriage as the album progress, and the closest point of reference for this album would be the collaborative work of Raster Noton mainman Alva Noto with Opiate under their Opto guise. Stabil exhibits the same reconciliation of austere machine rhythms with warm melodic ebb and flow, even at times making use of a lightly manipulated piano motif as a centrepiece, organizing clicks and whirrs into brittle rhythms. Here he encroaches on territory explored by that other notable Alva Noto collaboration - with Ryuichi Sakamoto, but far from derivative, Letellier's work is a welcome variation on an engrossing theme. Recommended.