B.A.A.D.M. 007

Mathieu Serruys – Skin/Glove

  • LP
  • Edition of 300
  • 2019
  • A1.Les Temps Blancs
  • A2.The Landing
  • A3.Glove
  • B1.Skin
  • B2.Suddenly You're With Me, I Turn And You're Not There
  • B3.Cheval Blanc

Skin/​Glove is the sec­ond LP by Belgian musi­cian Mathieu Serruys, fol­low­ing the release of his B.A.A.D.M. debut On Germaine Dulac back in 2014. Compiled over the course of a fort­night, the record fea­tures mate­r­ial recorded over the past five years: creaks of ice buck­ling under heat, thick hums like nau­se­at­ing headaches, plumes of evap­o­rated organ hymns, frost­bit­ten crack­les of dying tape loops. These dis­parate sources are uni­fied by the per­va­sive cor­ro­sion of pain and time, which presses into the sur­face of every sonic object. Melodies splin­ter under the strain of being pulled apart; drones trem­ble under the gath­er­ing grav­ity of fatigue; dis­so­nances flicker like can­dles on the brink of extin­guish­ment. Yet despite the emo­tional den­sity of the mate­r­ial itself, the process of com­po­si­tion pro­vides a route toward com­pre­hend­ing how these sounds and expe­ri­ences are con­nected. Skin/​Glove reads as a con­stel­la­tory map of adver­sity and grief, beau­ti­fully coa­lesced through the cathar­tic dis­tance of ret­ro­spect, haunted by the sibi­lant whis­pers of dis­tinct mem­o­ries in dia­logue, lat­ticed by lesions that fate­fully and poignantly intersect.

Music com­posed & recorded by Mathieu Serruys. Recorded between 2014 and 2019 in Gent, Hautes Fagnes, Lac du Vieux Emosson (Switzerland) & EMS Stockholm (Sweden). Produced by Joris Verdoodt & Mathieu Serruys. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M Berlin. Album design by Joris Verdoodt & Mathieu Serruys. Thanks to Filip Brans, Jack Chuter, Pieter Claeys, Michiel De Cleene, Niels Geybels, Mark Gomes, Mattias Gustafsson, Martin Herterich, Henrik Söderstrom, Joris Verdoodt, Tim Wijnant. Special thanks to Joris for an end­less stream of sup­port, both on a per­sonal and musi­cal level. Skin/​Glove’ was com­mis­sioned by B.A.A.D.M. and released in 2019. Edition of 300 copies with down­load code.

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