Review: Millimetrik & Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks – The Attic EP

Sound In Silence is a label run by George Mastrokostas whose own music recorded as Absent Without Leave was one of the standout ambient albums from 2008. For the latest release on his imprint, there are three tracks each from Millimetrik and Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks, which contrast and compare the former’s harder edges with the latter’s smooth surfaces.

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Huge beats and grooves dominate Millimetrik’s offerings. The second, the delightfully titled ‘Sympathie Pour Les Robots Remix’, is industrialised and menacing and even includes some hip-hop hollering. Asselin is obviously still in the fine form he showed on last year’s ‘North West Passage’s New Era’. Then Asselin gets to work on Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks, adding crisp percussion and bowel-shaking rhythms to turn ‘Around My Heart’ into a real thriller.

His fellow Canadian resident Anne Sulikowski repays the favour for ‘A Travers Le Temps De Retour’ where she blends the original with folky vocals and encases it in drum and bass and weird ambient soundscapes. ‘If Knew The Day Before’, however, demonstrates that solo Sulikowski is an entirely different proposition. It’s a song characterised by gentle voices whilst beats are caressed rather than jackhammered and there’s a genuinely ethereal feel to her unremixed work.

On the face of it ‘The Attic EP’ mixes together two artists with little in common but it is the remixes themselves which show they can combine fruitfully; adding atmosphere and texture without diminishing the power of the original composition. This is an attic well worth exploring.

Web Sites:
Sounds In Silence Records MySpace
Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks Official Site
Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks MySpace
Millimetrik MySpace

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