(Häpna)

Contrarily to many self-made living room pretenders releasing records that are long and pointless, Stephan Mathieu decided that a little more than half an hour is OK to express his concept. Of course he’s right: this is beautiful electroacoustic simplicity, where field recordings and extreme minimalism find the way to avoid a polarization, growing organically through the whole piece. If not totally peculiar, this record is certainly a sort of a peacemaker amidst torrential flows of coldness; though slow and detached, “On tape” actually outpaces twisted awkwardnesses and arrested developments, sounding refreshingly vital and politely warm with its processed sources and stable design. Sometimes a little is enough and Mathieu just proved it.