Steinbrüchel – Sustain – 8cm – Koyuki Sound

Koyuki Sound continues to enthrall, with this latest edition from ultra minimalism’s Grand Master, Steinbrüchel. Koyuki’s credibility rating at hosting a Steinbrüchel release has been greatly boosted by his presence, and here we see his work taking an overtly tonal direction. Apparently culled from fragments of recently released works, Basis, and Stage, Sustain is a pure drone work that shifts around the stereo field, shifting focus and direction occasionally, but in the main, steering a direct course for 20 or so minutes, rarely moving away from it’s central theme. Here, tones collapse and interface with each other, shifting harmonics and dynamics, stratified loops and whorls that gently glow and evaporate, rubbing against an intense bass sub layer. Sustain lulls the listener into blissful voids and calming tonalities, leaving you as if basking in the heat of the sun. One of Steinbrüchel’s most successful short form works, and undoubtedly a release to get hold of quickly, as it will surely sell fast. Beautiful. 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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