Joel Tammik :: Horisont (Väli)

The undulating pieces of underwater thumps tend to polish emotional fragments and the overall feeling of this album comes across more as a lively, floating wash of sound rather than individual human-assisted sonic shapes.

Joel Tammik 'Horisont'

[Release page] Back in February 2011, Joel Tammik, known for his extensive work with U-Cover, unveiled a discreet album of sublime analog-based experiments via Horisont. Celebrating his grandfather’s 100th birthday back in 2008, Joel Tammik was inspired by childhood memories, abandoned his computer-based approach and dived straight into analog machinery and field-recordings during the production stages. Keeping the flow from start to end in real time, this direction of exploratory construction is clearly revealed on the resulting aquatic sound textures.

Delicate brushes of meandering beauty, all collected in a serene balance of bleeps, crackles and exploding bubbles has Joel Tammik illustrating a carefully woven mood filled with bewildered visions. Subtle melodic spheres and recovered memories bend and contort along the way, like seeing life through a kaleidoscope. The undulating pieces of underwater thumps tend to polish emotional fragments and the overall feeling of this album comes across more as a lively, floating wash of sound rather than individual human-assisted sonic shapes. But in the end, these organized swells of nonlinear eruptions swirl around and pull you into an abyss. Casually hypnotizing with its maze of abstract tapestries, Horisont leaves more questions than answers yet tranquilizes the ears during its brief visit.

Horisont is a definitive audio painting of the apparent line separating earth from sky.

Horisont is out now on Väli. [Release page]

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