With any wider details about the artist proving elusive, Chib explains that “All music for this album was made with old equipment like a sampler and a sequencer... basically I collect sounds from outside, in the restaurant , houses of friends, parks, or from anything in my room. Then I choose some sounds from them, and put the sounds on to the air space like painting pictures… I learned how to play the piano for ten years. I quit because lessons weren’t so much fun. I often get visions of music before falling into a sleep…”
At times recalling fellow female electronic peers like Foehn or Tujiko Noriko, rather than being big, bold tracks that instantly jump out and demand to be heard, Chib’s is a music that invites you in and slowly works its way around your head and under your skin; that rewards close attention. Listen in and this series of intricate miniatures and thumbnail impressions will blow out to reveal a wealth of detail: tiny pulses and loops, digital crackles and clicks, bleeps and tone-blocks wrapped around samples of cello, piano, guitar, keyboard, harpsichord, strings, and found-sound events like bird chatter, a motorbike, a firework scream or music box tinkling…
Besides its simple overlaid melodic constructions, these delicate, shifting compositions are awash with curious stereo-activity and odd musical gestures. With their clipped, single-cell titles, each ‘tune’ opens out its own quirky and unique sound-world that seems somehow hermetically sealed and obeying its own curious logic.
Melodic, melancholic, low-key, and playful, the whole is also deeply atmospheric, forming a very odd, slightly eerie sense of place / space: shifting between something strangely oceanic, like a sea-bed diorama of shifting sands, swirling reed-beds and mysterious creatures; or some microscopic biological environment.
Gentle, weird and woozy, Chib has created a strange and beautiful musical world that we hope you’ll enjoy exploring.