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It's been a year since Mathias Stubø released his debut album 1979, and the 19-year-old is back with a 20-track (1 hr, 02 min, 27 sec) self-titled follow up; which is divided into two halves - both of which are designed to illustrate Stubø's ability to mix it up and easily glide from various genres without it feeling forced.
The first section, High Frequency Feelings, is designed to take the listener on a scientific voyage that travels through an ocean of different genres, showcasing Stubø's talent for mixing up all kinds of styles and using crossover instruments. There's some amusing soundbytes taken from various old news bulletins where science is the main focus.
The album mixes elements of jazz, rock and fusion. There are also nods to dubstep in tracks like 'Soon a Brighter Day' which features Ida Christine Stein on vocals.
The second section, Soul Touch, is more downtempo, representing a chilled out, atmospheric experience.
I enjoyed the second section of the album more than the first, mainly because there are some really interesting retro sounding tracks. Personal favourites include 'When We Were One' and 'For Your True Soul'.
Mathias Stubø is constantly evolving and isn't afraid to throw something new into the mix. This is an album that is worthy of your time.