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Scott 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).
Jacob Sheehan
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Jacob Sheehan ok I bought a vinyl from you like a month ago and still haven't got it yet
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All Art 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.
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Micro Landscape of a Bathroom Sink It took me 2 months to realize that this was an absolutely awesome album.

The rave feeling & the neurotic craziness. All based on the sweetest of sounds... my love... the cello. Favorite track: Bambi 2046.
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Bambi 2046 05:16
Perfect Love 06:53
Stash 08:18
Rise & Fall 03:42


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.


released May 13, 2016


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