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For Balmat’s fourth release, we turn our attention close to home: to the Mallorca-born, Barcelona-based artist Nueen, aka Nacho Pezzati.
Nueen has been developing his highly personal style of blissfully Balearic ambient over the past few years, with releases on labels like Quiet Time Tapes and Good Morning Tapes. On »Diagrams of Thought«, he explores new depths in his sound. His atmospheres remain bucolic, butthere’s a disturbance at work, a hint of uncertainty swirling beneath seemingly placid pads.
While »Diagrams of Thought« retains the ambient (or at least ambient-adjacent) focus of all Balmat’s releases so far, the album also marks new frontiers for the label; the album’s first half is graceful and largely beatless, but the mood grows murkier with the foggy drones of »Dome« and the intimations of liquid drum ’n’ bass on »Maxima«; »Veta,« meanwhile, might just represent the most forceful rhythm to appear on a Balmat release yet.