The 46th release on microCastle welcomes Patrick Carrera aka MUUI to the label for his debut EP. The Berlin based artist has long been praised for his distinctive design and creative vision. A collection of rare, hard to find equipment coupled with endless nights in the studio has seen Patrick carve out a sound all his own. Never stagnant, always evolving and resonating through his memorable live shows, continuing to deliver a fresh message as he tours the globe. Now following releases for Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat Music and Marc Poppcke's Crossfrontier Audio, MUUI makes his much anticipated microCastle debut with a brand new 4 track EP entitled 'Amelie'.
Built on a collection of snapshots from MUUI's recent live gigs, the EP showcases the Berlin based artist at his creative peak. Beginning with the dynamic and disturbed 'Iusa', it sets a tone for the rest of the EP, which flows through a storyboard of moods and emotional timepieces. As Patrick describes "Careless & reckless. When there is nothing, there lies everything. 'Iusa' is built with minimal elements, derived from a track I wrote many months before that encompassed many ideas, too many. It went through many make over's, removing piece by piece, stripping it down to what it is. Achieving a lot with very little."
The aptly titled 'Static Puddles' follows with its granular haze and meditative pulse. A piece that pulls you into its tranquil, dream-like environment where you eventually get lost in a collage of psychedelic audio. Also a standout from MUUI's recent live shows as he describes "Cycles of repetition. Daily contradictions. It's all becomes a blur. Static Puddles. The concept of 'Static Puddles' was to create a bridge track for my live sets to take me from gentle and groovy up to something like that of 'Iusa' or the other way around back down. The music and percussion elements are versatile and super fun to play with, it's been one of my favourite tracks the last few times I've played live. The Nord Lead 2 features a lot in this alongside the Pittsburgh Wave Forms module whilst the main drum elements are from the TR8."
The journey continues with the understated yet poignant 'Viik' which finds MUUI exploring subterranean textures and exquisite designs. A genuine sounding creation born from a positive headspace, in the words of Patrick "Delicate. Meditative. Positive. Like throwing paint onto a wall. Bringing a smile to a strangers face. Sharing special moments with people you love. There was no question so there is no answer."
The release concludes with its title and showcase piece 'Amelie', a charming story told over seven magical minutes. Beginning with vibrant electronics and hopeful feelings, it develops into a fuzzy, sentimental haze; culminating in a moment of harmonic bliss. A piece which sits comfortably alongside many of MUUI's most loved creations, and one which came from a similar creative space as well, as Patrick explains "Instinctive yet chaotic. That's my process. Ideas sometimes drown, sometimes swim. Detached and unguided. It's in this atmosphere that past tracks like 'Elsa' and 'Vrijeme' were born, and so to 'Amelie'. A stream of ideas, recorded and overdubbed. The mood develops. Mysterious. Melancholic. At the mercy of your own chemical reactions. A moment of clarity. The erratic arp line was the first thing recorded . With this on continuous loop I was bouncing between the Voyager, Prophet and Virus TI recording the small array of elements that support the arp and filled out the rest of the track, be it subtly. I kept the drums simple using NI Machine with some added elements and layering from the Tempest."
Artwork: Andrea Wan
Mastering: Conor Dalton (Calyx Berlin)
released August 5, 2016
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