Former Selv . Wandering in a World without Gravity
Label: Peloton Musique
Release date: 11-18-2013
Catalog number: PEL005
Wandering In A World Without Gravity captures renowned techno producer/DJ Jerry Abstract in the early stages of his home-studio wizardry, just before he rose to prominence in Seattles electronic-music scene. Under the moniker Former Selv, he created the bulk of these tracks from 2002-2004, but they originally only circulated on CD-R among a tight circle of Emerald City comrades. Lying dormant for a decade has not dimmed the brilliance of the nine tracks Peloton Musique has gathered for this release.
Abstract is known and loved as a rambunctious performer and individual and some of that side of his personality seeps into the music here. But more often its his introspective, sensitive inclinations that color the works on Wandering. Abstract says, Former Selv was an experiment in recreating sounds of my past lives and/or times based off of empathetic and quite vivid memories of friendships, family, places, and actions.
Endless Passage opens the album with a muted foghorn motif evoking a grim melancholy. What could be Martian tidal waves roll in, making this sliver of gloomy ambience utterly intriguing. Forbidden Peak punctures the solemnity with metallic electro that out-funks Phoenecia, as a piercing, poignant synth pad haloes the metronomic whiplashings.
Former Selv drops more advanced rhythm science on Forest Vox, whose staccato beats spatter weird geometry under a forlorn synth melody of Eno-esque delicacy and beauty, and Whydoido, which achieves the trick of casting a sternly gorgeous synth motif over remorseless beats going through maniacal machinations. Its an exhilarating contrast that Autechre perfected and on which Former Selv places his own distinctive spin.