Review: The next outing on Huerco S' experimental imprint West Mineral is by Chicago's Exael with 'Collex', a deep, impressionistic album of ambient soundscaping recorded between Chicago and Berlin. Featuring over half a dozen ambient and IDM experiments that explore textures and dimensions within modern synthesis techniques and to quite stunning effect, Exael mines a finer and more elusive variant of ambient music, connecting dots between classic vapor-trail dub and hyper-modern inversions. Tip!
Review: The first vinyl plate from West Mineral LTD, a collective of US artists and creative specialists, comes from our man Huerco S, who appears here under the Pendant moniker - his debut under this new name. Much like his LP from a few years back, Make Me Know You Sweet is a deep and visceral affair, showcasing the more cinematic side of the ambient spectrum, where aqueous drones expand and contract to create a powerful vision of peace, violence, happiness and gloom - the foundations of human behavior. Like the works of peeps like Rashad Becker, this is ambient with movement and energy, never shy of creating structure out of basic sonic elements, and it surely representative of what Huerco S will be focusing on more and more. He's just damn good at it. Recommended.