Calibrate The System – ‘Petite Fabrique’

Petite Fabrique is a captivating, atmospheric electronic success from Melbourne-based project Calibrate The System, representing the work of artist Elgar Friedmann. Sonic journeys are abound here, from the jazzy late-night composure of “Night Shift” to the twinkling immediacy of opener “Cologne.”

“Cologne” opens the album with a buzzing, twinkling charm. Wintry keys and suave vocal processions traverse into vocoded effects during the central hook, replay-inducing with its confident and atmospheric drive. The album’s title track follows, presenting a whirring synth component and a palpable sense of ’80s nostalgia; the concise synth spurts and sporadic percussion makes for ample momentum, into an array of effervescent keys and nocturnal synth pad eeriness. Petite Fabrique certainly opens with a strongly atmospheric one-two punch.

The soul-searching “Till I find” incorporates a weary vocal immersion alongside the intriguing instrumentation, excelling with its range of spacey synth tones and intoxicating rhythmic additions. Rather than the delectably eerie stylings presented there, the lounge-y “Far Away” emphasizes the project’s debonair sensibilities — embracing a funk-friendly rhythmic swagger alongside spoken-word suaveness and otherworldly electronic transmissions. Petite Fabrique is a stylishly atmospheric success from Calibrate The System.

“Far Away” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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