Una Lasemé – Studio B [CS]

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Una Lasemé – Studio B [CS]

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Label: Korea Undok Group

Year: 2017

Format: Cassette

Una Lasemé pays us a welcome repeat visit, adorned with the same pink hue and cozy demeanor of the Details cassette, in a stretched out and refined form. Compared to the debut from last year, Studio B is a bit more delicate and subdued than it’s predecessor—which also had a sensitivity and romanticism about it, albeit more purposefully rough around the edges. Low-flying ambience, with gradually shifting intensity that make this a more dynamic turn compared to the consistently soft pummeling of the brief Details. Only on “Di Milano” and “E-1027” do things get all worked up and throbbing, unfurling some submerged, deconstructed techno. “Club 200” rings of classic Shuttle358, except it sounds like it was made on a household tape deck instead of a Powerbook. The rest is calmly dispersed like a dense, cloudy mist through the air vents of your tastefully finished basement. Studio B hit me with the pleasant memory of driving around on Sunday nights near some railroad tracks in the twilight hours, listening to Hearts of Space because the tape deck was broken (or was it Echoes?—I can’t remember). Naturally, the music is much better here (none of the weird Celtic instruments they throw in that stuff for some reason). The elephant in the room is the Beuys in “Studio Beuys”, which one would think is a direct reference to Joseph—of course, there's nothing overtly Fluxus sounding here, but it could be an allusion of a more personal nature. I've tried to suss out how KUG's activities could relate to a democratic, humanist approach to art Beuys was a strong proponent of—it all seemed like kind of a stretch; I wouldn't recommend looking too much into it. I'm pretty sure Studio B is an album meant to be taken closer to face value, so just enjoy the damn thing and get whatever you want of it.

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Una Laseme’s debut full-length cassette. Slightly different mix then the version released in March. Foggy and A&E soundtracked. 29 minutes of plush designer ambient.