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Underwater Escape from the Black Hole's Mathias Timmerman releases his music primarily through his own label, 5CM Recordings. The label is also based here in Des Moines and does a lot of releases along that line of experimental electronics. I have, of course, been wanting to work with Mathias since I first saw him play at our annual Iowa noise festival, Zeitgeist.

A few months ago, Mathias sent me what became this tape, "At Least, Be Human". I was thrilled. Running a music label that adheres to a somewhat specific sound/genre aesthetic, options for releases can occasionally be a bit scarce. It's rare to find someone else in your music community working so closely in the realm of music as yourself.

Underwater Escape from the Black Hole employs a foreground of repurposed samples from music past over massive walls of synthetic distortion and guitar squeals. Buried drum machines root the music which breathes and grows like a balloon expanding toward bursting. It's a tense, slow build, touched only briefly with hints of sunlight through all of the clouds of ambience.


released July 16, 2015



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