Atobe's arrangements, changing at just the right moments while barely changing at all, are what makes his techno outstanding. "Regret" shares trademarks—a patient drum pattern, a haunting chord progression, a muted sound palette—with some of Atobe's best work. Once Atobe introduces an extra synth lead and, at one point, a brief piano motif on "Regret," they catch your ear without interrupting the track's patient flow.
The rest of From The Heart, It's A Start, A Work Of Art seems like a scattershot selection of Atobe's work. The tracks from the acetate are more straightforward versions of the subaquatic dub techno of his Chain Reaction 12-inch, Ship-Scope. There are two beatless interludes—"The Test Of Machine 1" and "The Test Of Machine 2"—that home in on Atobe's idiosyncratic sense of texture and melody, with the eerie, yearning quality of his best work present in even these reduced morsels.
Demdike Stare have unearthed a remarkable amount of music from an artist who, until three years ago, had released a solitary 12-inch. From The Heart, It's A Start, A Work Of Art's patchwork sequencing—and the sources of the tracks themselves—suggests that there may not be much more to find. It's the least cohesive of the three Atobe LPs that DDS has released so far, but Atobe's talent is so strong that it hardly matters. In fidelity, mood and style, the album varies a great deal across its 40 minutes, but the quality throughout is astoundingly high.