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Bass Clef - Magnetic Chapters

Bass Clef - Magnetic Chapters

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Less of the big beats, more of the driving tones. We are really feeling this.


The poles may alter their flow. What was pushed back can be pulled in. Stuff is too far gone to re-touch, but there is dirt and pearls out in the wilderness that still transmit. Spirit levels are constantly re-referencing. The music fluctuating within 'Magnetic Chapters' is irrational and effervescent. There are spaces, the electro-energy gives and grounds, in which we can invest life into. This is room music, take a seat, wander around, flex. We, the dear listener, can take flight. Have big warm trust in the soul of this music. 'Magnetic Chapters' has angles and angels, from these it's built on: Butoh, Lone Swordsmen, Acid Rain, Childhood Skies, Disco-centric Loft Life. There are Tubby-esque trap-doors, but if you submit there will be rich green moss to catch you.

Bass Clef has ripped out some 12” bangers in his story, but the drums here are close and distant at the same time, like smoke signals at night, they envelop the listener. The airbrushed darkness that pervades so much 'production music' is banished from Magnetic Chapters with a homemade Ursula Le Guinn-like sadness. There is a real tactile sense of the blackened kettles from Arthur's Kitchen in this music. Bass Clef seems fully at home. Following on from 2020’s cassettes ‘Orezero’ for Slip and ‘Maze Greys’ for FrequencyDomain, alongside a timely reissue of ‘Inner Space Break Free’ originally from 2011, finally vinyl-ised by Wrong Speed, Magnetic Chapters focus is on the more scenic, rhythmic patterns of our world (and alien others).

Tracks like 'Intergalactic Biodomes' use pattens and sequences that suggest undulating hills and coombes, ones that stretch out into the ocean. The Sunbeams and Full Moons seem to be guiding this well-timed instrumental music (similar to Delia Derbyshire, This Heat, Sachiko M, David Pajo) this co-dependent support system allows us to go off-beat into a dreamlike state with each musical escapade. The sensation of listening to these ample and giving tracks, like 'Scintllater' or 'Glacier Beams' is akin to being awakened to a room full of ghostly beings all wanting to reach out to you and request you glide with their otherworldly experiences. When things are changing, move with them.

Artist: Bass Clef
Label: Wrong Speed Records
Catalogue: WSR010
Barcode: 5056321642387
Format: LP
Release Date: 6th August 2021

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