First Glimpse: Sustainer – Taps

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We’ve taken delivery of most of the packaging materials here at Tessellate HQ and so we’re almost ready for this one to go up for pre-order. We’re just waiting on the inserts of the main cover artwork and then we’ll send a mail-out so you can secure your copy (See our ‘mailing list’ tab). There’s just 100 of these for the world – see above for a first glimpse of the packaging which features rubber stamp art using a sea green ink tone against a pure white card sleeve along with a vinyl-effect CDr of the album.

In conjunction with our preview of Sustainer’s ‘Taps’, the artist has put together a promotional video of minimalist sink-basin camera experiments – just hit play below.

Press release:
Our next release is from Barcelona based artist Alex Alarcón, who has been recording as Sustainer since 2003. His work has appeared on labels such as Italic, Thinner, Enypnion and most recently the digital album ‘Radiolas’ on Room 40.
His sound is built around harmonic Ambient drones and in ‘Taps’, we are proud to present a short album of liquiform pieces which started life as tonal household objects, woven into a watery tapestry.

During the recording process, Alex searched for every resonant object in his home and found that metal, ceramic and crystal items were of particular use. These were struck with rubber-textile mallets and fed into a loop pedal via contact mics. Once these sounds and tones were collected, they were then carefully polished into fluid timbres, using various techniques.
He strived to create a record made entirely from the sounds of his environment, using his home as an instrument. He wanted to create textures that reflected the peace of home which could only be achieved there, since outdoor field recordings can be so noisy at times.

The final body of work serves as a wonderfully distant yet intimate soundtrack which is best enjoyed inside. Allow the dissolved melting pot of the various ‘taps’ to flow slowly; a viscous landscape for quiet contemplation.

taps from puggo on Vimeo.