My second EP on Boltfish Recordings, presenting some playful but thoughtful idm/electronica.
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Infratunes – June 2005
Translated from French review
“Four tracks on this EP, Manmade nature… I’ll draw your attention to the musical work of this graphic and clothing designer. Definitely, Mint can do many things well, not least music.
Manmade Nature EP fits an emotional vein, with languorous beats and warm sounds, that ambient music lovers like to feel pulsate. With traces of the music of ‘Deadbeat’ in A question of timing, Mint endows his music with a charm as well as a gentle softness to lighten the end of a difficult day.
(Mint uses) a little frankness and a bit of naivety, dispensing with superfluity and keeping only essential sound textures, the purified and slow rhythms, organic sonorities, supported with intricate melodies. Manmade Nature EP is simple and basic, but moving and fascinating…”
“… At 19 minutes, it is short, but when it’s also pleasant, you don’t hesitate to press the repeat button. And when you know that Mint has a new EP, on the same label, in mid-June 2005, you… are relaxed even more.”
Sonidoextremo, Peru – 15/03/05
“Bizarre and unpredictable…abstract and minimalist..this identified flying object expresses the 21st cyber culture at its best!”
Electronic Desert – 26/02/05
“The 1st track on the EP has solid beat and assorted layered synthetic sounds in harmony. The 2nd track “Milk” is pure bliss based on feather light beats, clever panning and synthetic sounds washing in like a mild summer rain. All accompanied by a guitar floating around in the background and a vocal sample. Terrific atmosphere and I don’t even like milk.
The 3rd track “A question of timing” sets another mood and has hesitant percussions and played bassline to go. The beat takes on house like form and gives the track forward movement, but the bassline never leaves their side. The 4th track “Little Gift” would find it’s place in any nursery and has the sweetest of melodies, but wait their some foreign elements in this nursery song: glitch. Wisely distributed though, wouldn’t want to upset the little ones and yes we get lovely strings too.
The conclusion: a nice track and another great release by Mint and Boltfish.”
Tesselate – 20/02/05
“”Standing still” drops a smile rich melody from the very beginning and backs it up with sweeping and eye catching charm that is backed up by a drumbeat that although thudding in its makeup is rhythmic and programmed to the highest degree. The whole track feels like an introduction to a story, with a flyby over the entire landscape that the whole thing will unfold on, pure quality throughout.”
“Manmade Nature ep is another superb release from Boltfish. Full of character and rammed with rich electronica callings, this is another must hear release from Mint. Just remember, this music is FREE! yes free (you can still buy a nice cd version), its hard to beleive it still is, with the quality running throughout. Just get it.”
Igloomag – 12/02/05
(Part of a review combo/feature)
“Mint returns with yet another EP on Manmade Nature, the extravagant sounds of post-modern electronica. Rather than focusing on the minimalism featured on the Audubon EP, Mint allows his beats to grow on their own –meshing threaded moments of faded memories next to syncopated beats that has a Boards of Canada feel. Remaining true to form and function Manmade Nature hints at nature inspired by human interaction. The focus of such an EP seems genuinely procured by a mission to produce emotive, inspirational moments. And it does just that. By pouring the inner details of the soul and mixing them with electronic production, Mint has produced an EP that fans of Suction Records may really enjoy. ”
EtherReal – 31/12/04 (translated from original French review)
“Developing, in the first two tracks, a cheerful melody and strong upbeat electronica, Murray Fisher confirms with this EP all that one thought of him at the end of Sutemos compilation: rhythmic and finely carved melodies, accessible backdrops, neat construction of each piece and harmonious use of the vocoder. Obviously, this kind of disc won’t revolutionise our vision of melodic electronica, but it conveys quality from start to finish. Also comfortable within a less happy framework, MINT gives us, in A Question of Timing, electronica with darker themes (absence of bright melody, a more distressed structure, darker beats) but which does not weary the listener. Lastly, to close this short EP, the British artist delivers a track with soft tones plus a melancholic feel, once again, to prove his ease with various kinds of melodic electronica.”
Sutemos – 30/12/04
“Standing Still is killing me slowly killing me. I feel charmed..”
“4 minutes are playing for more than one and a half hour. I can’t stop admiring this track.”
Untitledmusic – 05/12/04
“Mellow electronic label Boltfish continue their stunning form with this latest EP. Opening with ‘Standing Still’ it’s instantly soothing and chilled.
Wide-open sound scapes, gentle keys and a sizzling electronica crackle under the surface. ‘Milk’ has a touch of Orbitals ‘Belfast’ to it, simmering moods and relaxing vibes all the way. ‘A question of timing’ and ‘Little Gift’ continue in a similar vein.
It’s another fabulous release from Boltfish, turn the lights off a put this beauty on the CD player and drift away into a world of soothing calm.”