"Mystique Youth" (JKTN007) is the work of San Francisco (by way of France)-based composer and producer, Lavender. "Mystique Youth" embodies the aesthetics of minimal electronic, the cinematic landscapes of post rock and the organic qualities of experimentalism. Having recorded each song with only five, single-take layers, using little midi and very limited post processing, Lavender welcomes transience and adopts the philosophy that imperfection is indeed perfection. His ethereal tracks echo the work of artists such as Tim Hecker, Alessandro Cortini, Deru, Pole, Eluvium, Vladisav Delay and Martin Gore.
The 10-track cassette includes two remixes of the track, "Paper Planes", by Scott Snee and Den Vibrerande Staden.
Lavender was listed as one of the top 15 albums out of the Bay Area in 2015 by SF Weekly:
"If less truly is more, Lavender's Mystique Youth contains multitudes. Released on cassette tape (as well as in digital format) by nascent San Francisco label Jacktone Records, Mystique Youth is one of the finest ambient albums to come in years — a work of quiet elegance that sounds breathtakingly mature for a debut release. All tracks on the album (nine, not including two remixes) were apparently composed in a single take with little post-processing involved. The album as a whole feels ephemeral and hazy, as though it came in a dream. That's no qualm, I assure you — in fact, listening to it feels a bit like being in that liminal state between waking and dreaming, as small melodies waft in and out, leaving the listener to wonder if they were ever really there. Mystique Youth's magic lies in its immediate beauty; it is an eminently rewarding listen, full of delicate moments and heartbreakingly beautiful melodies. It is also full of surprises, like "Paper Planes," perhaps the album's standout, in which murky beats surface from below oneiric waves of sound. A more soothing listen was not to be had in 2015."
aQuarius Records, SF: "...Paris employs a dizzying array of synthesizers, space echo, oscillators and effects to bring in a vibrating quality of light, space and movement that feels as if everything we hold dear will soon change."
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