Julian Winter - Slow Movement
A wonderful handmade CD case for this equally wonderful release. This release has gained much love among reviewers and film makers alike.The EP contains a lot of laid back tunes with minimal drumming, accompanied by a wide range of enviromental foley sounds, which even further give the impression of travelling through the memories of things that once were.
Alltogether a great EP for either listening or for use under video productions.
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picture: handmade CD case, signed/numbered by Julian.
Netlabelism: 8,9 out of 10
That moment where the real world and music interact is a beautiful thing. Julian Winter captures this right from the start on his ĎSlow Movementí release. Ok Letís Go opens with distant music, muffled and muddy, all the while you can hear the frantic footsteps of someone climbing stairs at a feverish pace and at 35 seconds into the track that person can be heard unlatching a door and the music suddenly springs to life. A joyous melody is heard with a muffled singing voice Ė electronic and acoustic instrumentation coexist as the beat slowly takes hold and makes your head bob. This short introduction was extremely effective in many ways, but most of all it got me in the mood for what was to come.
To tell you the truth, I donít really know how to describe to you what is to come. Winter throws a variable palette of sounds at the listener in a mix-and-match style release that is wide in scope yet focused on one thing: entertaining the listener. And All The Rest of Them is an electro dream that extends that party feeling and contains any number of effects to make you dizzy. It is after these initial three hot and sweaty numbers that things take a distinct turn.
Xhaust (Feat. Smooch Simian) introduces a soft dubby bassline, mangled live percussion and the quiet whisper of what sounds to me like a rap in a language that is foreign to me. Halfway through, a guitar is introduced as the dub lines flow silky smooth. The drums are crisp and every snare hit is like sweet, sweet honey to my ears. Intersection takes only three minutes to traverse through at least five different phases of field recordings, steel pan, some distant spoken word, electronic blips, augmented deep sounds and some nifty glitch. It is that clustered that you canít be sure of when one song ends and another begins. But for some reason it keeps calling me back.
This release is so damn random yet so very refreshing and satisfying. I donít get it. My mind can not comprehend the changes. Dour is an acoustic guitar number with again whispered (french?) vocals and minimal percussion. Yet again, Winter successfully meanders between the line of real world and musical territories with a brilliant blend of field recordings and musical trips. I believe it is this approach that draws me closer and closer to this record. It is this approach that consumes me and beckons me to travel along with the song writer. It may be too early to call, but this will be up in my top five releases of the year for sure. [AS]