As previously reported, Lee Gamble's Diversions 1994-1996 probably is this year's most astounding example of rave nostalgia (and don't say it could be the only one), a work that really gives the term 'collage' a whole new meaning. Gamble manages to not just channel the lost tales of mid-nineties jungle through the EP's ghostly transmissions in order for the listener to revisit or reappraise the original music. The gloomy, bleak atmosphere that dominates throughout, created solely with samples of his old jungle mixtapes, lets us actually and painfully feel the loss of the artist's youth. It's an unsettling process that halfway into the EP turns the listener into a position of feeling lost in memories as well, a result that is achieved without ever resorting to the cheap effects that 'hypnagogic pop' so often tends to rely on. As reported by FACT, the accompanying video, created by Gamble himself together with Dave Gaskarth, follows an analogous path, patching together blurred, almost unrecognisable footage of raves that seamlessly conflate into music's the spectral sounds.
Diversions 1994-1996 is out now on the ever-exciting PAN. Highly recommended.
In related news, Lee Gamble is among the first names to have been announced as part of the forthcoming, 14th edition of CTM Festival, which will happen in Berlin from January 28 till February 3. The festival, which will be staged under the theme "The Golden Age", is going to feature a whole lot of other exciting artists as well, namely Emptyset, Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, Agnieszka Dzubiak, Werner Dafeldecker, Ensemble L’Art pour L’Art, Florian Hecker, Heatsick, Iceage, Jar Moff, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Mark Fell, Matmos, Myrninerest feat. David Tibet, James Blackshaw, Andrew Liles, Reinier van Houdt, Aloma Ruiz Boada, David Pepe, and Oneirogen. We'll let you know when more names have been unveiled.Related posts: