Maturity and depth: with his second album, Mobthrow refines his very original mixture of beat-driven breaks and highly evocative atmospheres, enriching them with a subtle newfound palette. A very original work at the meeting point of the club and the sonic daydream, "Unfolded" sharpens Mobthrow's vision and brings a modern twist on his impressive sound-design. This seductive and personal album is not only the confirmation that Mobthrow is a talented musician to be reckoned with, but also an author whose albums carry their own strong narrative. There are many side to "Unfolded", and they all fit firmly and harmoniously together. (Get this on CD / as a poster with download code / as digital files)
Three years after his eponymous debut, Mobthrow finally opens (or rather, unfolds) the door to his second full length album. Both a sequel of things we had heard before and the unveiling of completely new directions, "Unfolded" is a work whose main adjectives are deep, soulful and harmonious.
Since his first album, Angelos Liaros (Mobthow) has had many opportunities to extend and develop his music: working full-time as a sound-designer and mastering engineer, relocating to the hub of electronic music that is Berlin, amassing more and more musical gear and playing shows all over Europe. The evocative and very lush instrumentation at the core of his first album still forms the ground-work of "Unfolded", branches out in many directions but doesn't forget its roots. This sophomore work sees Mobthrow gain in maturity, depth and range while still marrying cinematic moods and percussive moments, as we have learned to expect.
The many-faceted "Unfolded" should be approached as a journey through sounds as much as through atmospheres: its early tracks link back to Mobthrow's opulent, beat-driven past material ("Black Fluid", "Mystical Forest", slowly replaced by a much more analog-sounding tones and grainy synthesis ("Nu Nepal", "Midnight Dub Radio"). Even in its calmer moments, the progression Mobthrow displays here is obvious, from "Our Minds As One"'s exotic samples to modern-retro feelings of "Above The Rim Of The Earth" (a new collaboration with Subheim) and the hopeful "Athens Bleeding".
CD / poster with download code / digital
March 3rd, 2014
Tracklisting: 1. Inner Voice 2. Black Fluid 3. Low Pressure Area 4. Mystical Forest 5. Our Minds As One 6. Nu Nepal 7. Triple Acid 8. The Wayfarer 9. Midnight Dub Radio 10. The City My Church 11. Above The Rim Of The Earth (featuring Subheim) 12. Cruise Me 13. Athens Bleeding