Mattias Gustafsson – Frånvarande
Mattias Gustafsson – Frånvarande

Mattias Gustafsson – Frånvarande

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Label: B.A.A.D.M. – B.A.A.D.M. 006
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Country: Belgium
Released: 2019
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental

Frånvarande acts as both the prelude and epilogue to Mattias Gustafsson’s 2017 record Nattmusik, forming a temporal cradle around his B.A.A.D.M. debut. Side A was recorded back in 2012 and originally released under his Ornaments alias, manifesting as the withered, rain-eroded memory of a majestic orchestral lament, with bowed cymbals singing through layers of rust and the sound of children floating in through an open window. It was this 20-minute piece that inspired us to present Gustafsson with the conceptual framework for Nattmusik, through which he explored the cyclical symbiosis of humanity and nature (as depicted in the “four temperaments” of Ancient Greek physician Aelius Galenus). The four movements of side B were captured in winter 2018 as an elaboration on these themes, with pianos and loops tumbling into thickets of crumpled, perishing cassette. As a collection, these pieces frame Nattmusik as an absent point of origin; its reverberations are smeared across both the future and the past, yet the source sound is palpably missing. Just as the process of decay strands the object between the pre-degraded form and the eventual dissipation into the void, Frånvarande is a record that both clasps at moments passed and those yet to manifest, rendered nomadic and thirsting by the absence of its conceptual centre. (mint / new)

Tracklist
A Isolation Of The Instruments 20:33
B1 1st movement: Frånvarande 4:03
B2 2nd Movement: Rening 5:08
B3 3rd Movement: Avflagnandets Tid Kommer 4:29
B4 4th Movement: Allt Som Andades Har Tystnat 4:09