THE WIRE: Macrocosms

Macrocosms is the fourth time that Michel Banabila and Rutger Zuydervelt - both based in Rotterdam - have swapped files and sculpted pieces together. There’s a certain creative tension between the recognizable and the unrecognizable, with computer generated sounds, guitars, keyboards and field recordings from a visit to a Polish woodland all subject to processing. And as opposed to the architectural sweep of Crumble, some of these nine pieces have song-like structures and range from near still lifes to rhythm-based compositions. “Awake” is a brisk, intricate mix of pulses with glitchy tics so that one keeps shifting, which is further turned around when a simple vibraphone and synth melody arrives. On the title track artist Sarah Paynton intones “Inside the single world we think we see are a hundred thousand separate worlds”. Simple, bold keyboard arpeggios run through the track and her voice is finally subsumed into a cloud of tiny sound particles that spiral off into fractal like shapes, making it an appropriate analogy to the different levels of detail in the duo’s music. (Mike Barnes)

Macrocosms Banabila & Machinefabriek

THE WIRE #393 , October 2016  http://www.thewire.co.uk