Album of the Week: Mabe Fratti + Concepción Huerta | Estática

If you ever you meet someone who doesn’t at least like the cello, run.

I feel the same way about pizza, but that may be my NJ showing. Cello, on the other hand, is a universal gauge.

Estática is a collaborative work between Mexico City-based sound artist Concepción Huerta and Guatemalan born multi-instrumentalist and cellist Mabe Fratti. This is, for lack of a better word, experimental music in that it doesn’t follow an easy to follow script. It’s the kind of music you have listen to all the through the EP’s worth of time in order to get acquainted. It took me a number of listens all the way through’s to settle into the headspace defined by Estática.

From the liner notes:

The EP is carefully crafted, featuring Fratti and Huerta’s personal, DIY instrumentation such as Mabe’s pedal board that she had designed herself over the years, which contributes to her unique sound. It includes reverb pedal RAT Proco Big Box Rat V1, a Moogerfooger Ring Modulator, SPACE Eventide Reverb, OC3 Octaver, DL4 Line6, and finally, an Acetone FuzzMaster FM2. Huerta similarly has a chain of pedals and effects unique to her personal sound, including her Tascam Portastudio, Slim phatty moog synth, multiple varying tape players, her custom made fuzz pedal, a Roland SP 404 and, like Fratti, a Moogerfooger ring modulator.

Dual Moogerfoogers. And there’s an added delight:

Accompanying the EP is a stunning sample library, meticulously curated by the artists themselves and presented in Spitfire Audio’s award-winning plugin. This dynamic, self-contained toolkit has been designed for contemporary composers, producers and sound artists looking for exciting new sounds and experimental textures to inspire or complement their compositions or tracks.

The sound of sounds unraveled and re-wrapped, bending time exploiting space for intrepid exploration.