Valentip Stip – Sigh 
The next album from Nicolas Jaar‘s Other People imprint comes from Valentip Stip. Familiar for his releases on Jaar’s first label, Stip was taught to make music by the prolific electronic producer himself and now comes of age (at a ripe 21 years old) with his debut long player ‘Sigh’. Following a string of melancholy, beat-based EPs on Jaar´s Clown & Sunset label, Anytime Will Do (2011) and Angst (2013), and toured alongside Jaar, he will release ‘Sigh’ on February 24.
With eight songs clocking in at nearly an hour and sequenced as a continuous piece of music, Valentin Stip´s Sigh charts a winding path through its creator´s psyche. As Sigh unfolds, sounds become as tactile as objects: overcast electronic atmospheres rumble and swirl, minimalist piano melodies chime in the distance, and subtle programming percolates like ripples on the surface of a lake. Moments of sombre introspection give way to time-stopping beauty, as when the jet-black drone of "****" opens up into "Regards sur L´Enfance", all sun-dappled vibraphones and sandbox melodies. On "Aletheia," Stip subliminally intones "Everything I say is a lie" as ambient passages give way to Eastern melodies and a gently head-nodding conga beat. Sigh ends with the achingly spare, Debussy-esque chords of its title track, a heavy-hearted comedown built on little more than a single repeated piano note, pinging static, and-well in line with its creator´s musical worldview-tiny intakes of breath.