M. Ostermeier’s solo debut Percolate (Parvoart, Jan 2010) featured fragile Rhodes and acoustic piano melodies atop minimal downtempo electronics and Labradford-esque guitar tones. Here on the seven-track mini-album Lakefront (Hibernate, 2010), the skeletal acoustic piano remains, but the minimal beats have evaporated and we are left with something more organic, more haunting. Harold Budd is still an apt reference for the piano fragments, but the infusion of acoustic recordings and darker guitar and electronics bring to mind Deaf Center and Library Tapes. The melancholic mood that builds throughout Lakefront evokes feelings of nostalgia and regret. The songs remind us that the passing of time necessarily brings uncertainty to one’s recollection of the past – an uncertainty that has its own poignancy.
released March 19, 2010
Written and recorded by M. Ostermeier, 2009 Baltimore, MD.
Mastered by Taylor Deupree.
Cover photography by David Sharpe.
Design and photography by Jonathan Lees.