Suture

by subtractiveLAD

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Originally released in 2006 via n5MD, "Suture", the follow up to subtractiveLAD's debut release "Giving up the Ghost", finds Stephen Hummel expanding upon a sound he has made all his own, literally. In a time when experimental electronica can be made with a flick of a switch, subtractiveLAD has chosen the difficult, yet rewarding, path of creating his own virtual instruments. This has formed the cornerstone of subtractiveLAD's unique sound. "Suture", heavy on emotion and menacing at times, has an expanded array of beat-work that is both head nodding and intensely deliberate with a depth that yields new elements with every listen.

CDs of this album can be purchased from n5MD (limited stock):

n5md.com/discography/136/Suture


"... rises like a vapor in the mind while sustaining the body's need for movement music." - Igloo Magazine

"... it's Suture's epic dimension that signifies the most dramatic development in Hummel's subtractiveLAD style." - Textura

"There are some really beautiful sounds here. Each idea is fully explored. Each track is its own world." - Gridface

"Suture is one of the best things that happened to me lately and it is obviously one of the best albums of such style. (10/10)" - Sutemos

"The follow-up to Vancouver based Stephen Hummel's debut album on n5MD, "Giving Up the Ghost", continues to reach back to when people first felt they needed an alias in order to create Techno. The impassive anonymity hinted at something other, just as the discrete keyboards and neat noise-gated beats all pointed towards something that was beyond the individual self, beyond the human. The absence of identifiable emotion left behind a vast emotional space for the listener to confront. Hummel's carefully balanced melodies and deep production values don't so much fill that space as help define it. Its harsh sense of things collapsing suggests hiding behind a name is more about personal protection." - The Wire

"The unearthly sounds Hummel's homemade synthesizers make recall the rough D.I.Y. feeling of the early Krautrock albums, which along with the woozy post-rock vibe of the album makes Suture that rarity: an electronica album that appeals as much to rockists as to club kids." - All Music

"Beautifully evocative melodies are swallowed by ominous clouds of noise only to reappear smoother and more voluptuous on the other side." - London Milk

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released August 17, 2014

Written and produced by Stephen Hummel

Mastered by Shahin Al Rashid at Medicine Man Mastering
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Stephen Hummel Vancouver, British Columbia

Stephen Hummel has evolved into an artist that consistently defies expectations. By creating music that ignores genre labels and focuses on emotional weight, Hummel has managed to avoid the pitfalls of trendiness and style-over-substance.

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