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2012-12-07 11:36:14 UTC

Bee Mask’s new edition for Room40, Vaporware / Scanops charts a new and at times unfamiliar musical universe, a galaxy of complex patterns in constant states of evolving and dissolving. These are pieces that unfold with an unerring organic sensibility that belies the sound sources used.

Like much of Bee Mask’s output to date, this is a world of controlled voltage and sequenced chaos. But there is a twist in the form of the unexpected and utterly welcome addition of voice. Over the two long-form pieces, Bee Mask reveals a juxtaposition of deeply electronic materials with a swelling cascade of vocal loops recorded by Autre Ne Veut and Katherine Brady. The resulting sound is quite unlike anything we’ve heard from Bee Mask before. This is a new chapter in the ongoing saga of Bee Mask, one that charts an ever more complex and rewarding sound palette.


Bee Mask is a project of Chris Madak, a native of Cleveland, Ohio now residing in Philadelphia, and a vehicle for an intricate and deeply warped sensibility which remains coherent without being beholden to specific techniques or materials, drawing equally on the ecstatic human/machine couplings of 1970s west coast synthesis, the fractured gloss of sampler concrète, the iridescent thumbprint of High Minimalism on the IQ-decimating throb of trunk bass, and the barely-sublimated currents of vertigo and terror that course beneath the most unsettling moments in the canon of home-recorded psychedelia. Editions of his recent work are available on Spectrum Spools and Room40.

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Astounding side of euphoric, crushing and visceral electronics imagined and created by Chris Madak, the mastermind behind Bee Mask. In the space of an album and compilation for Spectrum Spools and an LP for Room 40 - plus reams of cassettes beside - Bee Mask has established himself as preeminent composer of modern concrète electronics, meticulously developing a wildly fantastical and often breathtaking sonic language and logic that defies description in the most blessed, celestial sense. His music captures a feeling of awe and majesty that's either all too rare or abused by so many nowadays, revealing a bewildering world of alien sounds and dynamics which entrances, immerses and explodes our tiny minds, especially on this LP.

'When We Were Eating Unripe Pears' comprises seven pieces developed over a period of roughly five years, and according to the artist himself, should be taken as the proper "sequel" to 'Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico' "...extending that record's preoccupation with the dream interiors of post-1965 Fellini and synthesizing (pun very much NOT intended) it with Elegy for Beach Friday's fascination with the lush and abject facets of advanced gastronomy and the embrace of the recursive, solipsistic, simultaneously expansive and claustrophobic universe of the sampler on Vaporwaves/Scanops." Thanks to the mystic sleight of hand and 360º sonic vision of its creator, this record simply puts most other electronic music in stark relief, and should be considered damn essential by lovers of vivid, abstract electronic music of all stripes. We'll say it again, this is an amazing record!

[ When We Were Eating Unripe Pears ] is not an album I'll choose to miss out on. Although there is no download link included on this page, you more than welcome to Google the band / album and support where ever possible. Check out the SoundCloud page for previews.

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Artist - Bee Mask Album - When We Were Eating Unripe Pears [ * * * * * ] X 10 Release Date - 2012 Genre - Ambient, Dark-ambient, Slow-ambient, Space-ambient [ EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD ] Tracklist A1 Frozen Falls 2:43 A2 Moon Shadow Move 3:29 A3 The Story Of Keys And Locks 8:00 B1 Pink Drinq 3:24 B2 Fried Niteshades 3:19 B3 Unripe Pears 4:36 B4 Rain In Coffee 4:41 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bee Mask - When We Were Eating Unripe Pears -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Bee Mask Album - Vaporware [ * * * * * ] X 10 Release Date - 2012 Genre - Ambient, Dark-ambient, Slow-ambient, Space-ambient [ EXCELLENT PROJECT ] Tracklist 1. Vaporware (13:24) 2. Scanops (15:45) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PURCHASE Bee Mask - Vaporware STREAM Bee Mask - Vaporware -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: BC_Ranger | Sferi | Irezumi | Winter Drones | Aim Low --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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