Kvitnu present Mingle’s ‘Static’

Ukrainian glitch experimentalists Kvitnu have within their catalogue some 40 releases, the latest of which comes from Italy and Andrea Gastaldello‘s project Mingle. Whilst Kvitnu might boast some serious electronic totems from the likes of Sturqen, Matter and that live Pan Sonic album Oksastus, Mingle’s label d├ębut is one of their gentlest and most approachable.

Static is a deep, minimal, ambient and quite downbeat work. The album’s drones, pianos and hiss show an experimental musician in Gastaldello who has honed his approach to composition, the results of which are a very confident, listenable, and ultimately enjoyable piece of work. His beats are twisted, narled even, but still add the flow, even at their most tweaked. Whilst I could write more descriptors for the music, thumbing through a thesaurus, I won’t. Listen to the preview and grab the CD (it’s also available digitally).

The image is blurred, external forces affect the balance, everything interferes.
The movement is restricted, static. Internal impulses are blocked, giving up on expressing outwardly. The time is the present, the current moment, this is the time to lay down attention, the attention to a motionless state of mind, or almost …

It is an evocative path, rich in imaginary scenarios, in which the theme is very specific: an introspective journey, highly melancholy, that winds its way through static minimalism, aggressive landscapes, desirable harmonies and disturbed rhythms.

Aug 18, 2015