Monday, November 24, 2008
Wixel - Somewhere Between the Sun and the Moon (2008) (AWESOME !!!)
Genre : Ambient, Electronica, Electrocoustic, Downtempo
1. Fatigas Del Querer
2. Outside your Locked Heart
4. You’ll Be a Warming Wind from a Distant Sun
6. Burned and Blind
7. I’m Barefoot on the Surface of the Sun
9. On my Way to the Moon
10. Off You Go, Like A Setting Sun
Wixel is the indietronica outfit of young Belgian Wim Maesschalck. His music can be described as a warm & organic mix of acoustic instruments and gentle electronic treatments with a lot of care for detail and subtle nuances. Comparisons have been made to bands ranging from Hood to Fennesz, from Manyfingers to Sigur Rós.
2006 saw the release of Wixel’s debut ‘Heart’. The album was well received and resulted in live shows throughout the Benelux and the UK.
Wixel is: Wim Maesschalck - electronica, guitars; Ulrike Dragon - bass; Nil Ramos - drums.
“Somewhere Between The Sun & The Moon” sounds exactly like the title would suggest. One moment the music sounds like it suffers the most intense fire ever, overwhelmed with warmth, brightness and hiss, the next moment it sounds like the chords are quietly floating, cut off from the world, cold and always distant. Just like the moon. The songs feel like a coherent whole balancing gracefully on the thin line between cinematic soundscapes and the subtle beauty of a melody that’s left innocent and naked. Dense layers of sound where lots of details are tickling your ears, some begging for attention, but the most beautiful ones are all hidden in a wild stream of melodies and sounds made with an acoustic guitar, piano, electronics and an extremely old electrical organ. This record - much more than any other up until now - feels like a record that sounds like wixel. A personal language/introspective painting that’s completely free from boundaries. “Somewhere between the sun & the moon” is melancholic, about parting ways, splitting, leaving (without the ability to say goodbye), being cut off, numbed out. It’s probably what people call a “winter” record or music to listen to when you are on your own.If you do need some names to put this record on a map, you’d come close with a combination of Mount Eerie, Tim Hecker, The Remote Viewer or to sketch this with some more popular names: Helios, Sigur Ros, …