Pole ‘Fading’ (Mute)

The latest release from Stefan Betke’s Pole alias was partly inspired by his mother’s memory loss through dementia, to which the subtleties and fragile spherics of his music are uniquely suited. Deliberately including distant echoes of his own minimalist, glitch-inflected catalogue, tracks like ‘Erinnerung’ invoke the futility of trying to grasp at the past, while the comparatively busy ‘Tangente’ and ‘Röschen’ carry a sense of carefreeness, their gently swung beats blissfully unaware of the mind’s inevitable degradation.

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