“The sonic equivalent of enjoying a cigar in your leather-upholstered vintage car while hurtling down the autobahn. Unashamedly nostalgic for the polyrhythms of ’70s Berlin school, yet infused with contemporary drone sensibilities and lifted by soaring solo lines.”
- Milly Manet
Bucking the trend for setting up a complex generative modular synth patch and recording “one take, with no overdubs”, here each sound is patched, played, recorded, and torn down ready for the next one. Many layers are then painstakingly edited up into a coherent whole. On top of all this rides Andrew’s bass clarinet, processed, sometimes looped, but always adding a vibrant contrast to the churning machinery.
Though Andrew has put out many albums over the years, this is his first as simply “Andrew Ostler”, making this a particularly personal release, and one that reflects his own take on what electronic music can be in the third decade of the 21st century.
released October 29, 2021
Andrew Ostler - modular synthesizers, bass clarinet
Composed, recorded and mixed by Andrew Ostler.
Digital version mastered by James Edward Armstrong.
LP mastered by Peter Haigh at Pierhouse Studios.
Design by Carl Glover for Aleph Studio.
supported by 23 fans who also own “Crossing The Line”
Every track on this compilation is excellent. They all have an overarching "meditative progressive synthesizer landscape" vibe, but it's very stylistically diverse. It's exceptional for deep concentration. Highly recommended. Nick Suda
supported by 13 fans who also own “Crossing The Line”
I love this record A LOT. Every track. I have different favourites for different activities/times of day, and I listen to the whole album while running: it’s my new favourite soundtrack. If I have to choose just one fave, it’s the Bluetech remix of Steve Moore’s Gutter Talk, it’s an absolute belter. But honestly the whole thing is sublime. Cheers folks! emmaseymour
These experimental electronic songs, half of which stretch past the 10-minute mark, evolve slowly and with purpose, building incrementally to climaxes as intuitive as they are thrilling. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 13, 2020