Label: Warm Gospel
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.