Ten and Tracer – Friendless Now (CD)
Jonathan Canupp is a name you should know but probably don’t, but then again might. He records under Ten and Tracer and I’ve been into his records for ages and ages now. Back when I was checking out early net label releases, Jonathan came up as one of two people whose work in their entirety I just fell in love with. And funny how he actually works with the other artist now and lives in the same damn city – the person being a certain Jason Corder (offthesky, Juxta Phona) no less. He makes wonderful IDM music and in fact I may have asked him years ago now to make us a ‘meaty beaty’ record. And along he comes with the very cheek of making some sublimely evolved, subtly woven record using violin, tape machines, guitars, maybe some keyboards and other stuff too. Friendless Now is a beautifully realised work, and one of my favourite Ten and Tracer releases to date.
“Wonderfully evolved is right – there are some lovely funereal horn stabs amongst the lilting static and texture in opening track ‘Homeans Distraction’. This slides nicely into second track ‘Glas Conducts’, which match the textural field of the first. The record reminds in some places of a very stripped back version of the first album mentioned in this article “The Truth Hurts”, albeit with a more comatose sound.
Having not heard of Canupp before, I was immediately struck with the strong grasp he has of the concept of the “album”; all songs flow into each other with obvious thought and precision, and considerable thought appears to have been given to the tracking. Pieces don’t overstay their welcome, and appear to have been designed to craft the mood of the album overall, as opposed to being a random collection of songs assorted in whatever order seems to fit”. – Fluid Radio