07_07_15 - 13_04_16
The gist break_fold gives the listener a fascinating glimpse into his time-stamped creative process. The music 07_07_15 – 13_04_16 consists of six glistening slices of ambient rhythm and drone. Clocking in at around 30 minutes in total, this 6 track set perhaps isn't what you'd expect from something in the ambient genre. The tracks come, get the job done, and leave without a fuss. But that's not to say there isn't a lot going on here. Tim Hann, the man behind the break_fold moniker uses various interesting textures and sounds (often, as on "07_07_15" they sound like field recordings) as backdrops to his minimal electronic compositions. Curiously, the songs are named after the dates that they were recorded, I wonder if that lets us in on what sort of mood Hann was in at various stages of the album's conception? For example, "07_07_15" seems a bit despondent, and hopeless, whereas "05_01_16" is almost euphoric in comparison. It makes you wonder what might have happened on these days that would have affected the creative process. On the whole though, the tracks gel quite well, which is perhaps surprising seeing as they were put together over an eight month period. There's a constant gorgeous icy feel a la Depeche Mode (espeically on "21_02_16") but the buck doesn't end there. For example, on "07_07_15" Hann takes things up a notch further with industrial beats and glitches which meld together and become bizarro thrash metal riffs. An impressive feat indeed on a very impressive album. Listen to "24_08_15"- at times dubby, at times suspenseful, this album opener is the perfect introduction to the world of break_fold.