Geiom ‎– Sellotape Flowers

Neo Ouija ‎– NEO 06 CD
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1 Sellotape Flowers
Written-By – Leigh Robertson
2 Multistories 6:41
3 Reouce 7:46
4 Eitiel 5:26
5 Iceit 6:47
6 Fulford 8:15
7 Pentin Din
Drums – Patrick Davey
8 Pillow
Written-By – Kamal Joory, Morgan Caney
9 Laira Detop 6:25

Companies, etc.

  • Pressed ByMPO



All tracks produced by Kamal Joory at Meir.
In jewel case.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: NEO006CDEURODISC @@ 01
  • Mastering SID Code: L032
  • Mould SID Code: 120B

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December 14, 2018
edited 21 days ago

"Sellotape Flowers" is actually a perfect name for this Geiom's early album.

It's indeed a delicate, natural, organic timeless thing (flowers) powered by an artificial, sharp, technologic material (sellotape). There's a strong feeling of cleanliness, sterilized mood (in a good way), as if the tracks were actually created in a laboratory. The general mood sounds like chlorophyll under the microscope, or like some bionik experimentations. Listen to the first two tracks and you'll understand the idea.

The cover-art also fits "Sellotape Flowers" perfectly. Indeed, the main color of this collection of tracks is definitely "white" (for the "sterilized" impression), with a bit of silver (for the robotic touch) and green or orange (for the organic sensibility). The strange shapes at the bottom of the cover-art, like, for example, a strange mechanical sun with some microorganisms inside also fits the ambiance very well and underline the idea of the album.

Parenthesis about the track "Eitiel", which is one of my favourite IDM tracks ever produced. Not because it's full of highlights and emotion, but because it is the definition of a perfectly produced track in a simple, quiet, airy, timeless way, with round, warm, soft drums and pads that are a such a pleasure to hear. It may be a detail, but I love when the percs seem to become slightly broken at 3:14 and just lasts one brief second, like a sudden moment of failure or awakening in a perfectly quiet, programmed and ordered beat. Meticulous and brilliant composition.
I also love the "hidden" very short beat at the end of the track. It's a very personal interpretation here but it makes me think about video-games. It sounds like a short "celebration" track when you win a level or something. The effect is that this little detail underlines the beauty of "Eitiel" we've just listened to, as if we had just been living a cool adventure, and as if the composer was actually glad of the track and let us know.

A very singular and interesting creation.


February 26, 2015

Geiom's debut, SELLOTAPE FLOWERS, appeared on Metamatic's Neo Ouija label, and right from the title track, it shows all the hallmarks of that era of IDM musicianship: crunchy beats, angular melodies, glitchy production. "Multistories" has a darker undertow, like early Autechre, while the sustained tones and melancholy of "Reouce" hints at some Detroit leanings as well. The chilly "Iceit" and the woozy "Fulford" offer new territories to explore, though the results are still part and parcel of the whole vibe, as reinforced by the bass-tone dominated "Pentin Din." But ithe longer "Pillow" starts to edge into the bucolic vein of IDM, while the final track, "Laira Detop" shuffles out slowly. A definite product of its time, but what a time that was.