by Yvat

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Blue Tusk 04:12
Quaver 02:23
Contrail 03:56
Etcher 02:42
Alkyd 03:30


Unfolded is a very special six track release, presented on exquisitely designed and pressed blue 12” vinyl. Ten years since his first album and 25 released projects later, Yvat is searching for lasting integrity through his music. The core issue is now one of identity, and therefore the title Unfolded should be read literally: the six tracks unveil the artist’s individual sound and his own peculiar way of creating and understanding music. From one track to the next, he reveals what he is most passionate about: a synthesis of opposing tendencies, a lucid blending of melodic lines with fractured aggressive rhythms and angular textures. Unfolded is a mature work, built on the celebration of a decade of working in the field of sound design. With remarkable coherence, this project continues to unfold, gradually rewarding the listener with further surprises and small discoveries.


Chroniques Electroniques
"Le Roumain Yvat officie déjà depuis un bon moment dans le petit monde fermé de l'IDM underground. Avec pas moins de 20 albums à son actif, il fait partie de ces nobles sound designers aussi discrets que prolifiques. Bien connu de labels tels que Experimental Seafood ou Cactus Island, il publiait chez le trop rare Boltfish l'inoubliable Kunzite (ici) l'année dernière, figurant en bonne place dans notre Top 2009 du genre (ici). Ceux qui ont assisté à son set lors du Sonar Festival de 2004 sont rares, mais s'en souviennent forcément. Il a récemment aussi publié un pavé de 1 GB baptisé The Art Of Sounds sur une obscure crémerie allemande. C'est en vinyle de luxe ou en version digitale que sortait il y a quelque jours ces six titres classés en catégorie Unfolded.

Celui qui se nomme en réalité Octavian Justinian ne se désolidarise pas de son style si inimitable d'orfèvre de la texture sombre et électrisante. Les mélodies sont cérébrales, cahotantes dans leurs méandres, en proie à des contorsions analogiques permanentes. Le schizophrène potentiel que je suis (comme beaucoup de nos lecteurs) peut observer les sinusoïdes étirées et déployées par ce prince des Carpates. Cérébrale et difficile d'accès, la musique d'Yvat peut, parfois, déconcerter les novices par un excès de froideur dans la maîtrise. Les fans et collectionneurs de tout ce que sort le roumain vont quant à eux s'en délecter, électrisés par les ronflements de Blue Tusk, le bionique Alkyd ou le corrosif Contrail. Et cela même si on ne fait qu'effleurer le génie rencontré sur Concert For Violin And Analog Orchestra et Kunzite.

Avoir des nouvelles d'Yvat fait toujours plaisir, surtout quand ces dernières viennent de chez Boltfish. Voilà encore un artiste beaucoup trop ignoré qui requiert la plus grande attention. Rares seront les déçus. "

Norman Records
"I'm having one of those weeks where i'm totally loving everything that's in my pile & i'm in a really good mood. You wouldn't think I got dumped a few days ago. I'll probably be suicidal next week & get my screwdrivers out and turn nasty with some infuriating piece of vinyl. This new thing on Boltfish is probably one of the most interesting new electronic records i've heard in a long while. I've been pigging out on old Gescom 12"s recently in search of non-dubstep thrills & this 12" has that nice way with abstraction, whilst retaining wonderful stuttering grooves & a many a cool ruptured melody here and there. Bucharest native Yvat has been releasing CDs for years on loads of interesting labels but I can see why this is his first vinyl. There's tons of really buzzing micro-rhythms, fascinating clouds of fizzing alien synths and fresh, glitchy stumbling beats on this record without it reverting to any particular formula. The unquestionable influence of Autechre & their Northern English affiliates still affects our perceptions & expectations of modern electronica but I'd say if this was a new EU record or summat i'd be shitting bricks. If you ain't bought any electronic vinyl for a while, I seriously urge you to recommence proceedings pronto by purchasing this excellent 6 tracker!"


released April 29, 2010


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