The debut release on Mikael Stavöstand's personally managed Mitek label, Lite finds the versatile Scandinavian artist furthering his meticulous ambient glitch approach. Here he takes minute sounds -- sine waves, static, glitches, clicks -- and formats them into an engaging collage that is cerebral and illuminating rather than rousing or calming. An intelligent and well-thought out debut that is much more challenging than his following Reduce album, which saw him add an underlying foundation of ambient dub-techno to the glitch collage. Yet where Reduce was accessible, and probably the better place to start, Lite is arguably more intellectually rewarding for those willing to brave these sometimes sterile songs -- it's an uncompromising album intended for the underground.
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