We are pleased to welcome Parisian Matthias Puech into the HITD fold with his album 'Alpestres'. A researcher by day, he transforms into a nocturnal narrator of sound travel by night, with his new album taking us on a mythical, magical hike up to the inaccessible heights of the Alps.
Puech creates a vast collection of untouched electronica landscapes with modular synthesisers built by his own fair hands. With his various devices, he emulates the sounds of nature and gives sonic form to feelings, forming an alternate reality.
The invitation to immerse yourself here brings with it a share of paradoxes: sublime nature can be as fragile as it is violent, and the intimacy of finding yourself alone in the face of it contrasts with the multitude of rare, silent creatures that inhabit such places.
'Alpestres' is a fascinating and complex thematic album of a rare depth that will bring rewards to any intrepid sound adventurer who ventures to listen.
released November 9, 2018
Cat.#: HITD 042
All tracks composed, performed & recorded by Matthias Puech
Mastering by Lawrence English @ Negative Space
Artwork by Cécile Kojima
Original cover photograph licensed from BnF, Société de Géographie
Cassette edition available on Obsolete Future
A sublime collection of ambient and emotive electronica.
There is a real sense of space and grandeur here - some of the songs feel distinctly Floydian in inspiration (particularly by Shine on You Crazy Diamond), but the synth waves and pulses develop in very differently.
And the songs are clever, too; they and and flow; rather than simply meander. These are compositions. Voyages, really.
Fans of music that engages the heart, mind and soul equally should investigate immediately. Michael Mueller