Mathias Delplanque
La Plinthe

[Optical Sound, www.optical-sound.com]

Mathias Delplanque has quite a fat resume. On it, classical music studies intertwine with electronic music compositions, while dub remains a strong influence. Some call what he does sound art [he's heavily involved in the discipline, having exhibited his works in galleries around the world], while others point to his collaborations with dub musicians as his strongest selling point. Translated as The Baseboard, "La Plinthe" comes off as a study between silence and the sounds stuck between. It's not just that Delplanque simply filters the two extremes. He is actually exceptionally selective as to the whole editing process. While the record starts off on a high - with crackles and fuzzy hisses - it then chooses to degenerate into a blank void of sorts. Second piece goes off into an ether-like territory with a glistening sound of the most calming proportions. Still, the listener never gets a sense of peace and quiet. The stillness that Delplanque comes off with is void of any sort of security or actual sense of relaxation. These are dark, somber and dangerous sounds. The ever-present drone on the third piece gradually evaporates, leaving with it a metallic after-taste, while the randomly scattered ping-pong sounds evident later on during the record recall a mysterious being exploding from a dark crevasse. Some of the record's finest moments are found in the sheer silence. As the crackles, hisses and pops oscillate in the maddening darkness, you find an unmistakable sense of beauty - beauty that is haunted and vexing at once. An unmistakably fine record with a strong sense of identity, one that I hope will find its own pool of an audience.

- Tom Sekowski


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