REVIEW: FABRIC 64 - GUY GERBER
Israeli producer Guy Gerber carefully crafted an artist album that feels like one long mix showcasing the atmospheric softer side of techno.
Israeli producer Guy Gerber delivers an adventurous story that was inspired by the album concept of one long composition, just like Steve Reich did.
You could say it's an untitled or self named artist album, but Fabric 64 leans towards being a mix album as well. In just two months, Guy wrote 16 tracks and put them together as an album but made it feel like a long mix. All tracks have a pleasant electronic feel. Something you also hear on his releases on Bedrock and Cocoon, but it's never too exuberant. So don't expect to hear the next Stoppage Time because you'll be disappointed.
With Store-House Conciousness the album starts slowly but exactly defines the sound you can expect to hear later as it's full of softened beats, dreamy synth pads and filtered hi-hats. The Golden Sun And The Silver Moon is next. Somehow it reminds me of the metal-like sounding synths of Mathew Jonson. The next three tracks keep you in the same vibe before The Rhythm brings things down a little bit until A Blade Through My Piano enters the mix. This beauty keeps building until the energy is slowly unleashed... but never too much. It's so incredibly well done. At this point Guy is shifting back and forth between gears, melodies appear while the haunting vocals of Claria North come and disappear.
There are other friends to be found on the album as well. Lady Falkor for example co-worked on a self-named track. You hear her vaguely talk in the background while Guy plays the keyboard. It all sounds natural and unpretentious. While some of the tracks seem to be constructed to fill the gaps, the album ends with Just Wanna See You Happy, a track Guy made with Deniz Kurtel. It's not a happy end. It's just a bass line and a few sounds.
Guy's aim was to create something unique and to show that with a change of only one note in the harmony, sometimes the whole mood can change. I think he succeeded. With this album he pushed the envelope for himself and showed once again he's an exceptional producer in electronic music today. While I am typing this I am listening to My Medicine. Yes, it worked. Don't make me wait too long for the next one.
8.5/10 - Reinier Koolmees
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