Talvihorros and Valles

Tomas Barfod
The Beach Boys
Peter Caeldries
Carlos Cipa
Cordero & Guajardo
Darling Farah
Forrest Fang
Helena Gough
The Green Kingdom
Harper and Smyth
Hideyuki Hashimoto
High Aura'd
François Houle 5 + 1
Marielle V Jakobsons
Akira Kosemura
Library Tapes
Lights Out Asia
Elisa Luu
Moon Ate The Dark
Norman Conquest / Szelag
Novak and Crouch
Pig & Dan
Antonio Trinchera
Damian Valles
Josh Varnedore

David Bowie

Compilations / Mixes
Guy Gerber
Poolside Sounds
Tempo Dreams Vol. 1

Celer & Machinefabriek
Claws For?
Flowers Sea Creatures
Kangding Ray
Purple Bloom
Stellate 2
Andy Vaz
Windy & Carl

Stefan Goldmann

Guy Gerber: Fabric 64

Guy Gerber takes full advantage of this Fabric opportunity to promote his own work. All sixteen of its new and unreleased tracks are authored or co-authored by the Israeli producer. That's not a bad thing, either, when Gerber's work is so consistently strong and when the recording presents such a homogenous and cohesive portrait. He composed the material over a two-month period, at times collaborating with fellow producers Deniz Kurtel and Footprintz member Clarian North, and attempted to create an album experience that would play like a long-form Steve Reich composition.

So how does it sound? To start, the mix achieves immediate liftoff with “Store-House Consciousness” and “The Golden Sun and The Silver Moon,” both tracks dreamy and emotive in character and both establishing the recording's gleaming, resolutely synthetic sound. Transitions between tracks are smoothly effected, resulting in an atmosphere-heavy mix that exudes a strong sense of fluidity and flow. The material is subtly melodious and the overall approach widescreen, almost shoegaze-like in its textural density and richness of colour; it's interesting that he apparently counts My Bloody Valentine as an early influence, as his own sound is as dynamic if stylistically different. In general, Gerber's music isn't raw and funky (though there are exceptions, such as “The Rhythm” and “One Day In May”), but it is driving and buoyed by subtle build-ups (“A Blade Through My Piano” one example of many), and contrast often emerges in the occasional appearance of ethereal vocals, even though they're generally used as part of the overall fabric (sorry) of the material. Ten tracks in, the tempo slows and the beats drop out during the Gerber-North collab “Running Through The Night” before the slamming “Lady Falkor” (the muffled speaking voice presumably belonging to the titular personage) gets us off and running again. A deep, late-nite vibe sets in during the closing tracks, with Gerber easing the listener out gently and bringing the intensity level down before the Gerber-Kurtel cut “Just Wanna See You Happy” ends the mix on a note of beatless reverie.

Obviously what you don't get in Gerber's Fabric outing is a dramatic range of stylistic contrast of the kind that automatically presents itself in a conventional mix featuring different artists. But for the Gerber devotee, the set, a more-than-generous offering of personal creations by the producer, will play like manna from heaven, so to speak.

July-August 2012