I found this bizarre & wonderful album while reviewing Adel's interesting collection...Coates really does manage to channel the likes of Orbital here. I've always heard music in "textures" and this LP gives me plenty to explore.
Favorite track: Timelapse (Walrus).
Perfect execution of an atmosphere, rhythm and emotion that many have attempted to achieve with cello and electronics. Coates is, however, the first and as of yet only one to succeed. Fantastic.
Favorite track: Innocent Love.
Fuelled by caffeine, nervous energy and early Orbital and Photek, ‘Upstepping’ is an album of newclassical electronic experimentalism where Coates pushes the boundaries of what a cello is capable of. As Coates explains, “About 95 per cent of the sounds are derived from recording the cello and processing it digitally. A hi-hat equivalent is often a distorted, compressed and heavily EQ’d horsehair-on-steel stroke. All the melodic pitched sounds, even the ones that feel like keys, are samples
of the tail of a cello harmonic. For example, ‘Perfect Love’ is a study in grey, concealing the source – it’s 100 per cent made from different types of cello attack.”
The result is an astonishing record rich in the sonic and rhythmic palette of dance and electronic music - with hints of early rave, garage and the sounds of 1980s London pirate radios – and one which re-defines the possibilities of classical instrumentation.
Probably my favourite album of 2019. I really like his sense of groove & the shuffling rhythms. The melodic / harmonic elements are of the high quality that I’ve come to expect from him. “LesAlpx” is probably the obvious hit, inasmuch as it is clearly the most banging tune on the album, which isn’t to say it stands out - it fits well within the flow of the album. The album hangs together very nicely Sam
perhaps not so innovative, given Burial's stylistic parameters, these tracks are more like a frolic, made of fragments who are like distant relatives, getting nowhere really, but still being enjoyable in their atmospheric anticipation. This is more so in the case of Nightmarket, which fits what I like to think of as lo-fi trance, as anticipated in a superb track like ashtray wasp, although with a beatless and more orchestral approach in this case. aelena