Stendeck
Scintilla


4.5
superb

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
April 15th, 2011 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ta Pantha Rei

Out of all the shadowy beings lurking in the rapidly blinking eye of the electronic storm raging across Europe, few are as unknown or as underappreciated as Stendeck. The enigmatic producer, named after the equally mysterious Star Dust incident, has released 4 albums to virtually no critical acclaim in the last decade. A great tragedy, to say the least, for Scintilla is only the latest in a chain of releases so strong it’s almost impossible to believe they all emerged from the mind of one shrouded figure. Try to imagine the bastard love child of 65 DoS and Trentemoller, abandoned and brought up by aesthetic automatons in a gloomy cave on a magic mountain.

Not a definite or irrefutable portrait by any means, but one that will suffice for now.

On his latest release Stendeck has expanded an already hefty palette of sounds, the music grown ever more subtle and layered and the production more impressive as a whole; the glossy material making up Scintilla winds irrepressibly around the listener like a garment of the softest silk. The lustrous fabric of the beats is woven with such astounding subtlety that every sound flows seamlessly into the next; haunting synths wash over a colossal beach of infinitesimal beats, dissolving the melodic footsteps of lonely piano tones that pad softly along the glittering shore. On gorgeous pieces such as Voiceless Wishes the intricacy and delicacy of the melodies often contrasts sharply with the robotic pounding of the percussion, creating a delightful dichotomy of sounds that Stendeck has made his own. His most accomplished trick is to interweave shimmering piano with brittle and staccato drum patterns that, whilst sounding disjointed at first, forms part of an irresistible atmosphere permeating every nook and cranny of the musical landscape, forging out of out seemingly irreconcilable fragments a colossal and mesmerising whole.

It’s difficult to pick any particular highlights out of the wholly gorgeous landscape, but the mesmerising Run Amok serves as a perfect example of his art. Lissom synths wrap themselves like tendrils around frenetic beats that frantically attempt to resist subjugation, submitting eventually only to the soothing entreaties of the ghostly arpeggios that conclude the track.

Scintilla is indubitably an odd album, yet one that most listeners will be able to take toright away. It follows in the footsteps of Faces and Sonnambula; descending ever lower into the murky depths of the fathomless abyss of sound, unafraid of exploring the whispering velvety dark. The often stated argument that music made using digital technology is somehow cold and soulless has no foundation here; the monster Scintilla is puzzling, crushing and utterly spellbinding in equal measure. Although the sinuous musical body is composed of twisted cables and quietly smouldering circuits, yet deep inside beats a vehement and joyous human heart which effortlessly propels this enormous and irresistible biomechanical being through the dark.

Dare you follow?



Recent reviews by this author
Autechre ExaiVladislav Delay Vantaa
Pinch and Shackleton Pinch and ShackletonOneohtrix Point Never Replica
Patten GLAQJO XAACSOMatthew Herbert One Pig
user ratings (46)
Chart.
4.1
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
Adash
April 15th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hi Yotimi

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2011


31493 Comments


Who the fuck added the tracklist to this?

Digging: Hyperdub - Hyperdub 10.4

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2011


31493 Comments


Looks better now

Nice work dude

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2011


6287 Comments


Ta Pantha Rei

in meaning, nothing really remains still.





The Hellenic influence in Sputnik :P

Digging: Madred - Supersonic Brainfuck Overdrive

sifFlammable
April 15th 2011


2741 Comments


Had no idea stendeck had new material till I saw dev's list haha. I loved Faces, so I'm getting this
asap

Ponton
Emeritus
April 15th 2011


5815 Comments


oh yeah

Adash
April 15th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Everything flows lads, everything flows


Dev: thanks(1), and thanks(2) for editing the tracklist, I was going to do it at some vague point in the future....perhaps


WashboardSuds
April 15th 2011


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review, guess who rec'd me this?
haven't listened yet and I keep saying I will but I never get around to it

Digging: Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura & Otomo... - Good Morning Good Night

Yotimi
April 15th 2011


6549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hi Adash.

Great review man. Such a good album.

Digging: Sand Circles - Motor City

Adash
April 15th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers. Completely forgot about this until I saw you rec it on someone's wall, so sputnik is much obliged



iFghtffyrdmns
April 15th 2011


7047 Comments


Awesome review, but I think I dare not.

Zettel
April 15th 2011


602 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for doing this. I just could not do it.

Who the fuck added the tracklist to this?

It was me. I did not know it was messed up. It looked fine when I wrote it.

Adash
April 18th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dare, dare, i dare you

Deathcar
May 3rd 2011


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is just...wow. Blew me away the first time I heard it.

Zettel
May 3rd 2011


602 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This album puts me in such a good mood...it is rare for an album of such lenght to be so listenable all the way through, even when it is not properly easy-listening. Anyone noticed it has 17 tracks and is 71:17?

Yotimi
May 3rd 2011


6549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So good. I think I like Sonnambula even better though

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2011


31493 Comments


More people need to be on this

geng
May 31st 2011


1986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally getting round to listening to this now. Sounds like pretty much what I've come to expect from Stendeck, which is no bad thing.

Adash
June 2nd 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't decide who's better, Stendeck or Stendhal

DoubtGin
June 2nd 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so good



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy