What a pleasure it is to see an artist develop, mature, and produce his best album yet – and, even better, for Baskaru! After 14 years of activity as a composer, Mathias Delplanque has refined his art to the point where, at age 39, he delivers a true masterpiece called Chutes.
After several years spent creating highly conceptualized sound installations and electroacoustic compositions (Ma chambre quand je n'y suis pas being one of many highlights), Delplanque has designed for himself a work station that allows him to step away from a studio's logic to record, transform, edit and mix sound sources all at once in a live setting. Using real objects, instrument samples and computer, he spontaneously builds aural gems that hide a frantic level of activity under their occasionally serene looks. And that frenzy is not fake, since all the tracks on this album are edited from live solo performances (recorded between 2010 and 2012), with no overdubs.
Mathias Delplanque is active in several new music spheres, as a composer, an improviser, a performer, a music reviewer, and a teacher. He is known in electronica circles under the monikers Lena, Bidlo, and Stensil. In the field of sound art, he makes sound installations, electroacoustic compositions, field recordings, and more recently electronic improvisations. He owns the Bruit Clair label.
Un recueil de télescopages incessants de matières électriques live, telluriques sur certaines pièces ou plus cristallines et narratives sur d’autres, tout au long duquel le musicien exacerbe sa vision éminemment personnelle de la forme sonore libre. MOUVEMENT, April 2013
Chutes est définitivement un album exigeant et mouvementé. Mais c'est aussi un disque profondément ludique, et d'une grande poésie, en dehors du temps et de l'espace. DMUTE, April 2013
Une musique toujours guidée par l'équilibre, juste en toutes circonstances, mais qui va au fond des choses avec un sens du détail assez délicieux. GOUTE MES DISQUES, April 2013
Un jeu de piste fluctuant et manifeste, à la variété sonore fascinante, et dont les télescopages incessants de sources soniques offrent l'expression la plus tellurique du terme charivari. TRAX, April 2013
Delplanque always keeps an intense inner coherence, a mix of recurring drones and ambient textures that are unexpected, persistent and hypnotic. NEURAL, April 2013
Une franche réussite. HAVE FAITH IN SOUND, April 2013
Great work. FRAMEWORK RADIO, April 2013
Sonic jewels that hide a frenetic level of activity under its serene appearance. ATMOSFERA, March 2013
A mature masterpiece. KINDAMUZIK, March 2013
Electro masterpiece. DARKROOM RITUALS, March 2013
Ambient harmonies fighting against themselves and raising it a level above the norm. BLACK AUDIO, February 2013
A moving, multifaceted sound with subtle shades and nuances that oscillate between channels. SOUNDOFMUSIC, February 2013
All of the seven pieces here are concentrated efforts, with carefully constructed sounds. VITAL WEEKLY, February 2013
Un ouvrage empreint de maturité et d'épanouissement. SWQW, February 2013
Probably the most complete and accessible record of Delplanque. MUSIC WON'T SAVE YOU, February 2013