Glitterbug - Dust Download (MP3)
“It’s not by chance that Dust is being released on Gold Panda’s label,” says Till Rohmann, aka Glitterbug. Following his 2012 LP Cancerboy – a breathtaking release dealing with the producer’s childhood battle with cancer - Rohmann returns with his fourth record, and first on Chelmsford-based producer’s NOTOWN Recordings. Dust is, he explains, a record in-part inspired by Derwin’s brilliant metropolis-evoking, travelling-influenced second LP, Half Of Where You Live. “It picks up the pieces from that record’s celebration of modern urbanity and manmade things,” Rohmann says. “Dust takes this notion a step further and explores the urban shadows of the forgotten, the stories of our cities that remain untold, past landscapes that evaporated and memories left behind over time. It’s about memories, traces of things and people that were, urban sub texts and long gone landscapes and the life that inhibited these places.”
Rohmann’s first LP Supershelter came out when he lived in Cologne, in 2008, and his work does bear some of the markings of the city’s electronic powerhouse Kompakt – notably the spacious, creeping works of its founder Wolfgang Voigt as GAS. Yet Rohmann never felt fully at home in the scene there (“I didn’t fit with its existing frameworks and sub scenes”) while in Berlin, too, he lives a low-key lifestyle away from the bustling hub of its renowned club scene. As such it’s apt that Dust recalls sparser locations, environments left behind in their still – an aesthetic that brings to mind the 90’s canon of British hauntology label Ghost Box and Boards Of Canada’s spectral evocations; Dust’s sounds seem to emerge from nothingness and are never bright or bold enough to feel fully opaque while they hang in the air, before they gently dissipate or coalesce into another form.
Recorded in his studio in Berlin, Dust, in keeping with its themes, mixes the old and the new. Roland 909 drum machines (borrowed from studio-mate Murat Tepeli) and decades old analog synthesizers sit seamlessly alongside UAD plugins and digital software. Rohmann uses a 35 year-old Yamaha CS15 for a lot of bass lines; “but I don’t like the digital vs. analog debate,” he comments. “Gear doesn’t matter all that much. If you have a great idea, you will be able to achieve your goal with whatever you have, even if it’s some super basic setup.” Glitterbug perhaps differs from one of his idols, Eno, in that it’s not the process that speaks to him loudest; instead it’s the challenge of imbuing the electronically put-together finished product with the most human touch possible. “I still remember being 16 and first hearing Meredith Monk’s Dolmen Music,” he recalls. “I started crying because I found music that touched me so deeply and that I felt so connected to.” Glitterbug now seeks the same, and in Dust’s mixture of light and dark textures, brisk motifs and weightier drones, he might just have achieved it.
02 Silent Glory
03 47th Floor
05 Far Far Light
06 When The City Was Bare
07 The Stars Behind The Light
09 1st Of July
10 Look Around