Originally released in 2004 via Taylor Deupree’s NYC imprint, Matthias Neuefeind’s Berlin-based record label Keplar will reissue Shuttle358 fourth album ‘Chessa’ as a double LP for the first time in September, including three unreleased tracks and unseen photographs.
While undoubtedly associated with the microsound and ‘clicks & cuts’ movement around the turn of the millennium, ‘Chessa‘ is revered for its classical rhythmic patterns of the genre and shifted further towards warmer territories, meandering between modern digital minimalism and the soft tones of ambient music.
Accorifn to the press release, “Dan Abrams created the album by writing software that manipulated samples from his unreleased songs, guitar pieces, and vintage Japanese films sampled from video tape. In particular, a special granulating technique was written and performed at intentionally low sample rates that gave the uniquely fragile, yet dense sound to the album.”
Spread over fourteen tracks, Abrams arranges slowly evolving sonic entities of unfading elegance. Strayed and hazy melodies pulse and cascade, elongated but brittle harmonies shimmer and disappear, echoing far-off in the rounded corners of the mind. The patient and detailed way Abrams combines the broken with the beautiful in creating organic collages of sound that retain the euphonic essence of a song, makes this piece of work so powerful and timeless, sounding just as relevant today, as it did 17 years ago.
‘Chessa’ is scheduled for release 10 September via Keplar. Order a copy from Bandcamp.
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