On the debut album of Aparde (aka Paul Camillo Rachel), he certainly took his liberties in regard to his musical output. He consciously limited and aligned this series of songs which originated between the end of 2015 and mid 2016. Each one is said to have gone through a lengthy process of development. The album was finalized in early summer of 2017, in an old cottage upon a lake in the north of Germany. Featuring lead single "Mouth", the album as a whole is sombre yet wholly evocative and features even more stunning highlights. From the dramatic opener "Siren" which sounds like freefall in motion, the jagged "North" which is reminiscent of a Life & Death style journey track that's been deconstructed, plus the lush deep house of "Sand" which provides an adequate momentum at a time when the LP benefits from it.
Electronic experimentalist Ben Frost is renowned for making music that flits between challenging, post-punk influenced mutilated noise, and deeply atmospheric, picturesque electronica. This contrasting approach once more provides an anchor for his fifth studio album, The Centre Cannot Hold. It was recorded over ten days in Chicago and, according to interviews undertaken by Frost to promote the set, was both "an exercise in limitation and chromatic saturation" and "an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarine in sound". In other words, it hurtles from dark, droning intensity to delicate and soothing, melody rich ambience.