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bellows - reelin (cd)

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ARTIST // bellows
LABEL // entr'acte (uk)
CAT // e128ct


From The Archives: Bellows' third album in chronicling the duo's hardware-centric practices and most likely their best yet, "Reelin'" captures Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti half way between tape-led abstraction and direct sonic documentation. Very little information clings to this Entr'acte release, but that makes the sounds all the more glorious and it comes out sounding like processing dub in a scientific laboratory or programming a drum machine with field recordings. Ielasi and Ratti use a Sony Walkman, Revox A77, and Memory Man to make "Reelin'" into something as physical as sanding a piece of wood and as tactile as fraying edges of a worn rug, which results in the music coming alive and filling a room like little else. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia
Ltd Edition of 350. Vacuum packed, embossed metal foil packaging. Reelin' [like Ielasi's Untitled, 2011] impresses with adroit recombinations and compositional balance. There's a more pronounced emphasis on rhythm, and the sound palette is broader, spanning concrete, old school electronics and Rhythm And Sound-esque excursions in chamber echo. The arrangements are consequently more complex and less gently-paced, with clusters of electronic pings and static fuzz giving way to collaged cadences. The two albums meet on the fourth piece, which coaxes Morse code tone chimes into a lovely melodic concoction. - Nick Cain in The Wire