Mokira – Persona (Type) LP

September 11, 2009 at 9:00 am 5 comments

Mokira - "Persona"

Mokira - "Persona"

Mokira is Andreas Tilliander who – like Tape‘s Andreas Berthling – is a first-generation glitch electronica producer. From Sweden. Called Andreas.

During glitch’s post-Oval heyday, Tilliander released albums on Mille Plateaux and Raster-Noton. He’s been a little bit under-the-radar for the last few years, so it’s nice to see him releasing some new vinyl on the ever-reliable Type label.

Persona is hardly a glitch album, though. Apparently, it’s the result of Tilliander’s move towards a purely analogue approach. While this might seem like a cowardly capitulation with the current fashion for vintage synth drones,  the simple beauty of these tracks is hard to deny.

The soft pads and diffuse reverbs of Persona suggest that Tilliander has been spending some time luxuriating in Vladislav Delay’s world of echo. Witness “Lord, am I Going Down?” for evidence.

But there’s a far more obvious influence at work here: ’80s drone-rock legends the Spacemen 3. “Ode to the Ode to the Street Hassle” rather obviously samples that band’s “Ode to Street Hassle” (itself a rather obvious erm… ode to Lou Reed’s “Street Hassle”).

Tilliander also pays tribute to the band in this biographical sleeve note: “Hats off to Jason Pierce and Peter Kember. Thank you for signing my T-shirt, Jason. Sorry for interrupting your performance.”

More obliquely, Tilliander’s love of the Spacemen 3 extends to embracing their infatuation with flangers, phasers and all things that go “eeeeeeooowwwwwwaaaaaahhh”. Indeed, the one real weakness of Persona is its over-reliance on these kinds of simplistic effects.

On the whole, though, this is a delightful return to the fray for Tilliander. You are encouraged to buy it from Forced Exposure.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. amir  |  September 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    This is pretty decent. Reminded me of that S3 tribute album that came out in the 90’s on Rocket Girl that had some nice covers, and some not-so-great covers.

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  • 2. Biggie Samuels  |  September 13, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Hi Amir. Nice to know you’re reading. Presumably you have a Google alert for the term “drone rock”.

    All readers are hereby advised to seek out Amir’s band Solars – quite possibly my favourite Vancuver act right now.

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  • 3. Mokira  |  September 13, 2009 at 10:23 am

    thanks for the kind words.

    Reply
  • 4. Biggie Samuels  |  September 13, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Looks like someone else is using Google Alerts. Thanks for reading Andreas!

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  • 5. Albums of the Year 2009 « Bubblegum Cage III  |  December 24, 2009 at 9:13 am

    […] – Tummaa Richard Youngs – Under Stellar Stream Sparklehorse + Fennesz – In the Fishtank 15 Mokira – Persona Richard Youngs – Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits Jim O’Rourke – The Visitor Mountains – […]

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