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Boomkat Product Review:
Yeah this one’s a little bit special. Sonic Pieces have long set themselves apart from the plethora of home-spun, hand-made, overly-serene imprints out there, both in terms of their exquisite packaging but more importantly via their patient, hand-picked selection of some of the finest avant-classical, drone and experimental yet accessible music out there.
And this new release - from the largely unknown Jasmine Guffond - really stands out as their best release yet. You may or may not have come across Guffond's other projects - Jasmina Maschina or Minit - but this debut album under her own name is something else entirely. in the space of the opening 20 minutes Guffond takes us from utterly brilliant drone/bass-treatments reminiscent of Jim O’Rourke’s finest, most dense electronic work, to the kind of lump-in-the-throat bare-boned songs Grouper has more or less made her own these last few years.
The production here is just incredibly good - an absolute masterclass in restraint through the arrangements, and fearlessness through her use of frequencies - taking you through emotional and sonic highs and lows without ever sounding contrived. It takes us back to Julia Holter’s early material for NNA Tapes, weaving in and out of field recordings and intense bassline oscillations through to the gentlest lullabies - a fully formed suite of songs that we’d be really surprised if we didn't hear much more about over the coming years. It really is a remarkable debut this - keep ‘em peeled for this one.