by Michel Banabila

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Distinctly cinematic and frequently unnerving, each of the seven tracks is gripped with a noirish sense of isolation and the chill of a lingering menace. Some tracks bridge the gap into dub and others make use of record-popping glitches.

Michel Banabila, who grew up in the Netherlands, has produced a lush blend of atmospheric soundscapes on his latest disc, "Spherics." Banabila, who handles the samples and edits, works with Piet Lichtveld (guitar); Jorien Muste (violin); and Bobby (cymbals, drone). The quartet combines to produce a lush, soothing orchestration that is parts Brian Eno and Snoop Dogg. Each of these seven movements is distinct, though they all have a pair of similarities: they are brooding and hypnotic. "Suma 4 - Blue Mix" is the album's standout. It features a slow beat and warm percussion. The track flows with slow and even layers. At the opposite end of the spectrum is "Worm-Jazz," a heavier, noisier track. Most of these cuts have a low end that powers the trance-like beat. "Tic Tac" settles into a funky groove after opening with some nifty organ. At points, some of these tracks take on a drone-like quality that can be jarring if not downright troublesome. "Science Freak" features a grinding that sounds like (but is not) a record needle on mucked-up vinyl. It's a little too jarring. With "Spherics," Banabila has created a backing track for everyday life. It is moody and low and it hardly ever fails to satisfy. (Michael J. Ryan.)

Dutch native Michel Banabila experiments with the darker side of ambient to manipulate psyches with his atmospheric compositions. Nerves frazzle and moods swing. A rich sci-fi soundtrack for primitive living ! Caution: This album could scare children and small animals.

Spherics release BOUDISQUE RECORDING: 2001, August 23th. (NL)
Spherics release TONE CASUALTIES: 2002, July 15th. (USA)

Originally published by Steamin' Songs, Amsterdam.


released August 23, 2001

Michel Banabila ; sampler & edits
Piet Lichtveld ; guitar (6)
Jorien Muste ; violin (3)
Bobby ; cymbal-drone (5)

Artwork by Michel Banabila.
Original design by Michl Banabila.
Tone Casualties CD design by György bp Szabó.
Re-design 2020 for Tapu Records by Rutger Zuydervelt.

All tracks recorded, composed and produced by Michel Banabila.

2020 © + ℗ Tapu Records.
Cat. nr. TR2020-6.
UPC 194491914899.


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