Guy Gelem’s debut for Split Femur Recordings is a minimalist set of tracks which combines guitar, laptop and cello. This three-pronged approach works well in a delightful half-hour of gently stimulating music; the twenty seven year-old London dweller faring well in combining three very different forms of instruments in to a cohesive whole.
For the opening shot of ‘Rise’, intricate guitar patterns are weaved over cello melody, resulting in a lovely haunting composition. Elsewhere the approach is rather more understated, journeying from the timid twinkling of ‘Answers’ via the noirish ‘Drawing Dates’, on to the menacing Windsor For The Derby-esque ‘Phlegmatic’ and concluding with the stark ‘Three’.
The music never sounds over-complicated and the electronica elements are used sparingly; letting the cello provide much of the melodic core. ’Works’ is a fascinating and original start for a new name on the scene; skilfully evoking rainy day atmospheres just as much as spy thrillers set in French towns.
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