After Wouter van Veldhoven it is time to introduce Mariska Baars and Rutger Zuydervelt. Those names maybe won't ring a bell, but if I tell you they are also known as Machinefabriek and Soccer Committee that might make you say "a-haaa". In case it doesn't I highly suggest you check out the raving reviews about them on Boomkat. "Thole" is their 3rd collaboration (I think, I might have lost count with the dozens of Machinefabriek releases coming out each year) and it's probably my favourite too. "Thole" is one long piece that begins quite grainy/breezy/sandy and just slowly ebs away through various guitar motives/theme's, sometimes with Mariska's sweet voice hiding in the back, singing you to sleep. It reminds me a lot of those early Tarentel records, the slowpaced guitarpieces from Labradford & One Mile North also come to mind.. or those incredibly lovely guitar-ambient pieces Godspeed You Black Emperor used to have. "Thole" will be a perfect friend if you want to drift off, just like seeing a ship leave the shore, becoming smaller and finally disappearing behind the horizon. I am very happy they made this for Slaapwel Records. The music comes in a beautiful chipboard box with two lovely pictures taken by my good friend Nilo. It looks/sounds/IS awesome.
released 13 December 2007
Mariska Baars: Voice, Guitar
Rutger Zuydervelt: Guitar, Effects, Povtronic
Photographs: Nil Ramos