Australia - Full Moon 101 - 12/26/04
Mieli is solo artist Ryan Gobbe, based in Brisbane and also responsible for recordings under
the name Two Tone. Scratch, crackle and subtle dub abound on Version, a meticulously crafted
album where sounds are customised, cut and manipulated to complement an insistent pulse.
Gobbe has embraced technology and from his extensive home set up has created an incredibly beautiful,
tender dubby-flavoured blipscape. Following two sparse openers, proceedings expand outwards for the
throbbing bass and crackle of "Fly-over" and shuffling gentle house tones of "Eighty-hour Sequence".
The track selection and sequencing is exquisite and given the album is just over forty minutes
the self-imposed confines are the making of Version. More so considering Gobbe has mixed and
mastered it all within his own home, it speaks volumes about modern audio technology and his own
intuition and abilities. The beautiful closing track is aptly entitled "Persistence of Vision".
Version has been road tested, accompanying me on several late night dashes between Sydney
and my home South on the freeway - or autobahn if you prefer! Despite repeated spins it never fails
to turn up aural surprises. One of my favourite releases last year was the electro dub of Deepchild's
What's Going Wrong? and in Version we have yet another quality Australian ambient
electro release. If only life was as pristine and faultless as this album. Another captivating and
sublime slice from the Feral Media pie!
Copyright © 2004 Brian Stradbrook