Music: Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson – Emanate (FatCat Records, 2020)

The first collaboration between Yair Elazar Glotman (Berlin) and Mats Erlandsson (Stockholm) started back in 2015. Their first joint album was released in 2017 on Miasmah Records. „Negative Chambers“ was created on traditional acoustic instruments. It was one of the best ambient/drone records in the class of 2017 and also reviewed here.

Both proliftic composers are fimiliar with collaborations. Yair Elazar Glotman was heavently involved in the Jóhann Jóhannsson composed soundtrack „Last and First Man“ on the german imprint Deutsche Gramophon. Mats Erlandsson on the other side works on different projects. For example the last two records from Maria W. Horn (Epistasis, Kontrapoetik) and his own fantastic EP „Hypodermic Letters“. With their new release „Emanate“ they try something different with a wonderful ensamble in the background. They follow-on with their ideas of a „displaced sound“ and combining electronic and accustic sounds, both analog and digital. In our fast living word „Emanate“ feels like a foreign body. It‘s a very fine-detailed record. Everything starts with „From Light To Refrection“ a slow starting intro and drone-based background. After a period of time they added strings and orchestra parts. The classical elements here are very detailed in the brackground. The record himself was divided into nine parts and was envisaged and recorded as one long single piece. The structure in „Emanate“ follows a three part palindrome A1 – B1 – C – B2 – A2. Each track will followed by an „Interlude“. Because of that structure it‘s difficult to pick an single track as a highlight. In terms of atmopshere it could be compared to Hildur Guðnadóttir‘s „Chernobyl“ score or Jóhann Jóhannsson‘s „The Miner‘s Hymns“. It‘s hard to describe in words and has to be listened by yourself. „Emanate is a texturally rich, deep spectrum exploration that flows and unfolds almost seamlessly throughout it‘s fifty-minute span to create an energy field which feels simultaneously static and yet continually shifting (Bandcamp)“.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Dominik Scheuring

I'm living and working in Hamburg, Germany. My interests are all about music, movies, and traveling. I also do some typical sport activities like fitness, running and swimming.

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