AUTISTICI – Volume Objects – CD – 12k


12k have pulled off yet another coup in the form of the UK’s AUTISTICI, aka David Newman, who also finds time to curate and run the very fine Audiobulb imprint. Packed with highly charged and slightly eccentric creativity, Volume Objects is infused with a refreshing pallette of original sounds, culled from an inventory of found objects, broken instrumentation, field recordings, synthesisers, and doubtless a comprehensive armoury of software. The net result being a vigorous, organic 9- track ensemble of pieces that are as varied and inventive as can possibly be packed into one piece of shiny plastic. Volume Objects combines effusive, and energetically calibrated editing, with beautifully obtuse usage of instrumentation that could be the lost cousin of Future Sound Of London, during their “Life Forms” incarnation. Most of these sounds interlock for the briefest of moments, and in fact the whole Autistici aesthetic here seems to deny any sense of permanence, as sounds and images fleetingly appear, then dissipate like condensation on a window, or dust motes on a camera lens. Newman’s attention to detail stands up to close scrutiny, particularly under headphones, where most of the tracks reveal hidden depths and subtle interventions, floating in and out of focus,  shifting perspectives, and distorting windows. At a loss to find any true spiritual counterparts, I am reminded of The Boats, maybe,or Skoltz_Kolgen’s recent Silent Rooms, as Autistici inhabit a dusty, slightly surreal netherworld of broken gramophones, decaying violins, and quietly muttering showroom dummies – anachronistic elements that are suddenly and inexplicably fused and merged within the digital realm, conjoined for the briefest of moments, creating glimmers of rare beauty.  Singling any one track out for celebration is pointless, as every one here is a gem, but for me, the curiously entitled Heated Dust on a Sunlit Window, and the wonderful Attaching Softness to a Shell emerge as personal favourites, especially the latter’s compelling mix of phone-tone slides that sound like the telemetry of some lost satellite, whose last whispers are still transmitting through the ether. Housed in 12k’s classic and superbly designed digipak, with a booklet containing Taylor Deupree’s photographic interpretations of the tracks on offer, this work is truly exceptional.Here, 12k have once again released an artist whose work departs from their original brief – as this is most definitely not minimalism in any shape or form; however, what we do have is the emergence of an artist whose work will no doubt be imitated and plundered forsome time to come, such is the strength and depth of it’s creativity. 12k have most assuredly saved the best release of the year until the end..a fine departure from 2007, and most certainly a label and artist to stand up and pay attention to. More please. BGN


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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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