Jason Lescalleet

Mattresslessness

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Mattresslessness is Jason Lescalleet's first full-length solo album after collaborations with Nmpering and John Hudak. It belongs to the same kind of experimental sound art as the music of Francisco Lopez, Hudak, and Marc Behrens, all the while remaining very different. Despite a certain affiliation with the lowercase and microsound sub-styles of experimental music, Lescalleet rarely sounds that cryptic. His music follows minimalist guidelines, but it relies for the most part on analog sound sources instead of computer treatments. Reel-to-reel tape loops recording the silence of a room, found objects, and crude electronic circuitry left on its own provide the basic materials for these compositions. Pieces like "Ambidextrous and Half Japanese" and "Ineinandergreifen" are filled with a sense of purpose. They evolve and they take listeners somewhere, even though describing the destination can be hazardous and, to a point, meaningless. In terms of sound palette, Lescalleet's music could be compared to Gert-Jan Prins and his FM modulations, but even Prins' studio work retains an improvised, spur-of-the-moment feel. Lescalleet's compositions are fully formed. The first piece opens with painful sine waves before shifting to noises in the grey area instead of blinding white. The second, 14 minutes long, takes listeners on an ambient ride that is spellbinding despite its austerity. Mattresslessness is not all hits and no misses. "Underscore" and "Clay Tapes" are tough listens; they let the listener scavenge through silence to find scraps of sounds without achieving more than raising an eyebrow in the process. But this album depicts an artist with a clear vision of what his art should be here and now. That's why it deserves attention: to discover his unique ways and to see where he will go next.

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