The tracks that glance backwards in this 130701 compilation remind the listener of the now familiar sounds that the label helped to invent. But it is the pieces that look forward, which sound new and exciting, that gesture towards the roads yet to be travelled.
Marionette’s fourth release arrives from Swiss producer Benjamin Kilchhofer, better known for his work on Holger under the alias Timoka. The sounds of ’Dersu’ derive from modular synth patches and Kilchhofer’s own field recordings, continuing Marionette’s association with idiosyncratic melodies and analogue overtones.
Like Bilal’s paintings and drawings, the elegiac and mournful overtones of this record finds its influence and informants in the unsettling aspects of our own historical moment. And like Bilal’s art, it shapes these influences into something that speaks back to them, making for a very human response that is almost impossible not to connect with.