Makam

Makam: Than Sadet

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Product Type: VINYL LP
Artist: Makam

Artist: Makam
Title: Than Sadet
Product Type: VINYL LP

Makam, aka Guy Blanken, returns to Dekmantel Records with his first full-length album for the Amsterdam based label. Blanken's ongoing search for fresh sounds, textures and rhythms has lead him to Than Sadet, a gorgeous piece of work that takes his sound into new directions. Than Sadet displays a refinement of Makam's sound. The music is highly tactile, with an emphasis on the surroundings of the environment in which it was created. Blanken on the records: "Than Sadet is a secluded beach on an island in Thailand. A mysterious atmosphere haunts it. It's windy and the weather is always a bit worse compared to the rest of the isle. There are many cliffs and you can't swim because the waves are too high. Four years ago, I visited Than Sadet for the first time and I've been coming back ever since. At one point I decided to bring my studio equipment. For a week, I dedicated my days to making music. Those sketches formed the basis of the album." The inspiration on Than Sadet is obvious: From billowing percussion through windswept strings, to passages of strange bird calls, across desolate tracts of calving synthesizers, to a climax with a finale of petrifying thunder drums. The levels of dramatic suspense are sky-high, and mostly downbeat and mid-tempo grooves operating beyond the dancefloor. Blanken explains further: "Each track is based on a particular Than Sadet aesthetic. For example, 'Mr. Singh' is a masseur on the beach who uses fire while doing his shiatsus. 'Buddha's Bridge' is a wooden bridge that leads to an impressive Buddha monument; 'Seven Kings' is an ode to a local waterfall. Tracks like 'Mai Pen Rai' and 'When Light Gives You Hope' are representative for Than Sadet. I tried to create an introspective album that does what the island did to me: it puts life into perspective."

Tracks:
1.1 Chihuahuas
1.2 When Light Gives You Hope
1.3 Buddha's Bridge
1.4 Stray Dog
1.5 Resort Abandoned
1.6 Than Sadet
1.7 Makarbar
1.8 Mr Singh
1.9 Riding High
1.10 Mai Pen Rai
1.11 Seven Kings
1.12 Thunder Drums

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