Beyond Repair : Eleven short tracks for modular synth, home made electronics and tape recorders. A true union between coarse substance of analogical devices and voltage of tense electronics. The core of Beyond Repair is the fusion of its contrasts. Permanent tension between chiselling and bare deconstruction, meditation and frontal sound, cold stasis and unstable dynamics. Eleven tracks that run without pause as a single composition that hits like a strong cut-up aggression. An active fragments path irreparable, almost elusive but real sharp in his objectivity. Runs fast and affects the listener on an intuitive level as flashes. A set which stops roughly and leaves the feeling of intuition. It does not reveal, but it makes his little lighting.
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Quite active when it comes to doing new music is Francisco Meirino, originally from Spain, but based in Switzerland for some time now. He's getting more and more attention - and quite rightly so, I'd say - and his work is more released on CD than CDR these days.
This one, probably one of the first CD releases by Sincope, comes in an edition of 200 copies. The eleven pieces are rather short, and the album lasts thirty-three minutes. The cover says that these are 'short pieces for modular synth, homemade electronics and tape recorders. There are no breaks between the tracks and it sounds like a long piece, which changes in colour, quite radically most of the time, but once the change over took place, and a new piece started, it stays within the stasis of that piece.
Unlike many of his other releases, the element of collage is not very present in the tracks themselves. Things burst and rattle around here and sound cold and distant mostly, like electronics that are indeed beyond repair, as the title indicates and for Meirino one of the primary building blocks in his music. But sometimes it also seems a bit more mellow, and warmer, like in the fourth piece. Everything seems a bit unstable, most of the times; like there isn't enough electricity to record the music and it is on the brink of breaking down.
This is also a bit of a different release for Meirino: a shorter time frame per piece, no quick changes inside the track and a more consistent use of sounds within a track. It's an interesting development.
This is a fine release, and surely one that will appeal to his fans, but it's not the next masterpiece for him. It's fine, it's good, it's solid and yes, it's also a bit different. But perhaps it's also a bit too minimal, and could perhaps benefit from some more changes? (FdW)