Incorporating ambient quirks into their sound, Mattia Cupelli creates the scene for undiscovered mystical spaces and people. His latest single ‘MONOLITH’ starts off with an ominous tone that lingers, building tension throughout the duration of listening to the track. One might think what could this all mean. There is no foretold story with this song, yet I feel like I have been overcome with emotion that can only be described as inquisitive to what this could mean for this music producer.
We hope that ‘MONOLITH’ ‘s overall arc will come to light with Cupelli’s upcoming album release titled RUINS via MC Records, in July. The producer was born in Rome, Italy which is known for its historic landmarks. Italy is less likely known for its impoverished cities and landscapes that are still in existence. Maybe he could have been inspired by these once desirable destinations and formed an electronic narrative around the feelings of being forgotten?
Whatever this young producer was inspired by it has got our attention more than we dare to have imagined. Not compromising his ideal sound to fit a specific genre tick off box, Mattia creates worlds that one cannot think of when you feel the pressure to conform.
After the exploration of snowy mountains of Alpestres, released on Hands in the Dark in 2018, French composer Matthias Puech ventures into new territories, sketching a cartography of the invisible where the journey, in chiaroscuro, is announced as a rite of passage. A Geography of Absence, as introspective as unpredictable, immerses the listener into a unique sensory whirlwind where organic matter becomes almost palpable. A researcher in theoretical computer science and an engineer at GRM, Matthias Puech constructs a dialog between synthetic music and field recording, capturing sounds that surround him and creating his own sonic language with the help of synthesizers he designs and develops; notably the Oscillator Ensemble and the Tapographic Delay, made by the American company 4ms.
A Geography of Absence retraces an inner journey where the physicality of sound leads the listener into an initiatory tunnel filled with apparitions, ghosts, visions. With sound oscillations as a navigational map, we progress, step by step, through the meanders of an unknown world, dazzled by the prospect of a new synthetic horizon, an electronic biotope teeming with life and incarnations. Playing with time, space and matter in an approach similar to that of musique concrète, Matthias Puech combines ambient and noise, floating sounds and electroacoustic experimentations, thus shaking up our listening perspective, which finds itself walking through a parallel universe, strata after strata, sequence after sequence.