Boomkat Product Review:
In the absence of any new material from Mark Fell’s collaborative work with Mat Steel – better known as SND (though rumours persist that the new material may be in the making as we speak), 12k’s “Line” offshoot delivers the third solo full-length from this hugely respected installation artist. “Ten Types Of Elsewhere” is made up of ten conceptual episodes, with a number of pieces representing each of these distinct phases. Fell goes to some lengths to explain these conceptual triggers within the text that accompanies this release – so we’ll stick to providing an overview of the material itself. “Storage” - the third of these conceptual chapters – is perhaps most immediately reminiscent of SND, concentrating on more organised rhythmic structures and metallic clanks that resonate well with what you might expect. The eight tracks within the “Transfinite Self”, however, are the most startling and beautufil tracks on this album. Despite the fact that the same mathematical and metaphysical concepts no doubt guide the composition, the result radiates warmth and an unquantifiable tenderness that’s vaguely far-eastern in texture. The closing chapter of “Commuting” applies a deft cathartic quality, a rich tapestry of ambience with all the suggestive fragrance of melody you wouldn’t imagine conceptual work of this kind capable of. An album of extreme opposites and intriguing ideas – a bold move for this fine label that comes with a big recommendation.