Experimental techno with a soft side.
Billed as a home for "organic, emotional club music," Letellier's debut contribution for ara, his new label, contains some beautiful moments. The title track's microtextures shift and shimmer, underpinned by a skipping earthy kick that gives way to misty ambient synths. "Stone Sober Brushstrokes" is driven by a lighter rhythmic thrust, weaving and interlocking with melodic reflections that dart across the surface before tightly bowed strings close the track. The EP's second half is less compelling. "Orcan Tears" bombs forward with a syncopated kick and electro bassline, slowly introducing predictable dub techno chords that morph into "Trade On Azul," the EP's beatless coda. The foundation of Letellier's work has always been solid. This take on "emotional club music" feels limited.