The second release on Sbire furthers the on-going collaboration between label co-founder Gaspard de La Montagne and Nathan Baumann. ‘Spectres’ is a bold, seductive and wonderfully-unhurried record which shows the breadth of the Sbire sound world.
The title track is orchestral and profoundly alluring, with an earworm bassline creeping out from behind the kick drum’s refined thud. You’re pulled further in by the lengthy intro of ‘Aube’, where floating pads, draw from the instrumental flair of classical music. Mid-way through they give way to a stripped-back bassline, exemplifying the nature of this collaboration.
B-side opener ’Masque’ has harmonic beams of light swirling over its foundations. The melodies transfix and the drums keep time. ‘Perspective 1&2’ occupies a thin veil of haze, tempering the beat and bringing out the groove in the baggy percussion. In fitting style, it ends a record whose grace comes in the striking interactions between elements far-removed.
released March 2, 2018
Produced by Gaspard Gigon and Nathan Baumann
Master and Cut by Alain Paul