Yet another new name to drop onto my doormat, both label and artist being unfamiliar to me..it’s strange how these folks find their way into my humble domain, but I’m glad they did. Thomas Bel produces charming electroacoustic vignettes that breach the disciplines of minimalism (they certainly are very spare pieces), and modern composition. Bel’s strength is in creating poetic and almost childlike atmospherics that resemble incidental music for experimental animations. Deploying all manner of techniques, field recordings, glitches, spoken word pieces, guitars and piano’s Bel weaves a surreal, magical tapestry from economic use of instruments. The 9 pieces here all have their own unique signature, and having just read Frans De Ward’s review of this work in Vital, I’m not sure we were listening to the same album! Where De Ward sees a lack of originality, I see a burgeoning talent that is both unique and deeply entrancing. I guess we don’t move in the same circles, but I found Bel’s work tantalisingly engaging, like a film played in slow motion, I was eager for the next sequence of events. For me, the second track, Lend Lende is sheer auditory magic, a spellbindingly simplistic approach that oozes charm and originality.