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*Excerpts from the album. Now available from Experimedia.net.* No acoustic sources or elaborate instrumentation is found on "Mantle," Pixel's fourth release for Raster-Noton over the last decade. Instead, the focus is put squarely on sharp pulses, syncopated glitches, and a bass frequency that is built to rattle the windows. The album may not be as punishing as Emptyset's "Collapsed" from last year, but Pixel does offer the same despondent feeling just with a more sparse and minimal execution. "Mantle" also provides a necessary contrast in intensity while never quite reaching either extreme. The album is capable of barren moments like "Steel Tape," where silence often bookends the reverberant pulses, as well as heightening the urgency with a brooding electronic beat and static that hisses like malevolent steam on "Nesting Screen." – Ryan Potts, Experimedia
Mantle is Pixel's fourth release on Raster-Noton since his debut in 2003 and a further exploration of his approach to rhythm-driven electronic music. The overall atmosphere which is produced by the fragile but nevertheless complex sounds is gloomy and quite threatening. Deep, pulsating basses are accompanied by ominous and fierce tones which emerge like flashes of light or shock waves, giving the impression of being warning signals. The few calm moments are constantly disrupted by dark drowns. If this is the future, it is not a very bright one. But all the precisely-generated sounds, which seem to be produced by industrial machinery, are by no means lifeless. Actually, it seems like the automatons are tuned to funk, resulting in a polyrhythmic, driving, and impulsive composition from which one cannot escape.
Release/catalogue number: r-n139cd
Release date: Feb 28, 2013