Valentin Stip
Sigh


3.0
good

Review

by Olivier De Clercq CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
February 19th, 2014 | 10 replies


Release Date: 02/17/2014 | Tracklist


It figures that Sigh would receive the honour of being the first full-length release on Nicolas Jaar's new Other People label - aside from last year's Psychic, of course. One cannot help but think of Valentin Stip's debut as a sort of lesser Space Is Only Noise. Throughout the record's hour-long runtime, Stip utilizes practically the same water motifs, ambient flourishes and slo-mo house beats as Jaar did on his own debut. The difference, however, is that Sigh is definitely less quirky than Space..., and as a result, the album kind of lacks a face of its own.

Aside from this perhaps unfair comparison, though, Stip's debut is certainly a great listen. Especially during its first, understated half, where the songs maintain a weird kind of status quo, the young producer manages to effectively utilize his sparse samples to hypnotizing effect. After a trio of introductory tracks that gradually build off of one another, 'Correlation' picks up the pace and releases the tension that was slumbering in the background the whole time. It's a wonderful little centerpiece.

On the latter half, Stip really lets his classical education shine through, when he dusts off his piano playing. In recent years, the juxtaposition of computer-generated sounds and traditional instruments has been explored more than ever, and the interplay between the two doesn't disappoint here. In particular, the intimate 'Regards sur l'Enfance (I et II)' delightfully combines its serene main melody with strange kitchen-sink percussion. It's the sort of track that effortlessly can get engrained in anyone's head.

When the title track plays out its last notes, though, most of Sigh is unfortunately already forgotten. Therefore, it's really an in-the-moment type of album: Valentin Stip's debut is very enjoyable while it lasts and a strong showcase for his composing skills, but doesn't have actual staying power because of its lack of uniqueness and originality.



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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


6451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good stuff, but nothing groundbreaking.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014


6145 Comments


Good review clercqie, mindpos.

Is there an official stream or YT link for the album?

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


6451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Et voila: http://pitchfork.com/advance/349-sigh/



StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was so ready to love this but yeah... his last EP was better as well.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


6451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Angst was pretty good indeed. This is nice as well, but it just sort of drifts by. It doesn't have any lasting impact, which is a shame because there's some really good production work on here.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2014


1671 Comments


sweet review man. Too bad this was slightly disappointing.

Yotimi
February 19th 2014


6505 Comments


Loved his EP, will still check this

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2014


10209 Comments


Never got into that Jaar album, tho things may have changed since

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2014


6451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You should get on it, Jacob! What did you think of Psychic?

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Damn, people are getting too friendly with the 1.0's...



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