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Guy Gelem


Split Femur Recordings

Released: 21st April 2008 | 9 track leftfield/idm album
London based Guy Gelem started to play guitar at the age of 10, and studied at various schools of music and private tutoring. He played in local bands from the age of 13 and after performing and recording with various groups and artists decided to focus on creating his own music. His music mainly consists of guitar and cello, recording and mixing in his own home studio. Guy is reaching his sound by improvising and experimenting with acoustic instruments and electronics. 'Works', released May 5th on Split Femur Recordings is Guy's debut album. Intricate guitar work beautifully complimented by long, gentle cello strokes placed upon simple electronic beats provide the basis for the album. It's a simple basis but it works so well. The result is a ultra melodic and haunting piece of work. Hints of Fridge and Tortoise surface now and again, but in no way does it taint the originality of this album. There are also touches of Eastern European folk which can be found on the wonderful track 'Village'. Guy's minimlastic approach is refreshing to say the least, and the space that it provides is a welcome and soothing relief from the claustrophobia of many of today's electronic releases. With it's nine tracks, the album clocks in at just over half an hour which undoubtedly leaves you wanting more. Works is a lovingly played and expertly crafted album, and after hearing such an accomplished and beautifully consistent debut, it's hard not to look forward to a second release.