Boomkat Product Review
Astounding side of euphoric, crushing and visceral electronics imagined and created by Chris Madak, the mastermind behind Bee Mask. In the space of an album and compilation for Spectrum Spools and an LP for Room 40 - plus reams of cassettes beside - Bee Mask has established himself as preeminent composer of modern concrète electronics, meticulously developing a wildly fantastical and often breathtaking sonic language and logic that defies description in the most blessed, celestial sense. His music captures a feeling of awe and majesty that's either all too rare or abused by so many nowadays, revealing a bewildering world of alien sounds and dynamics which entrances, immerses and explodes our tiny minds, especially on this LP. 'When We Were Eating Unripe Pears' comprises seven pieces developed over a period of roughly five years, and according to the artist himself, should be taken as the proper "sequel" to 'Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico' "…extending that record's preoccupation with the dream interiors of post-1965 Fellini and synthesizing (pun very much NOT intended) it with Elegy for Beach Friday's fascination with the lush and abject facets of advanced gastronomy and the embrace of the recursive, solipsistic, simultaneously expansive and claustrophobic universe of the sampler on Vaporwaves/Scanops." Thanks to the mystic sleight of hand and 360º sonic vision of its creator, this record simply puts most other electronic music in stark relief, and should be considered damn essential by lovers of vivid, abstract electronic music of all stripes. We'll say it again, this is an amazing record!