Downstream Blue is the Slowcraft debut from multi award-winning film composer Mathieu Karsenti. This lushly meditative collection navigates exotic, uncharted waters, guiding the listener through four tenderly disarming movements to a place of solace and safe haven.
Slowcraft digital series Lifelines is curated by label founder James Murray, presenting vital and consoling works from world class genre-defying artists, each carefully mastered by Ian Hawgood and individually paired with bespoke artwork by printmaker June Murray.
Lifelines. Hold tight.
"Each release I have heard from this artist I have loved and this is no exception."
Drifting, Almost Falling
"...dimostra spiccata consapevolezza nel proiettare le proprie composizioni al di là dell’associazione con le immagini, anzi suscitando attraverso il suono una sequenza di pronunciati paesaggi emozionali."
Raffaello Russo, Music Won't Save You
"As the EP plays, one is struck by how expertly Karsenti shapes his elements into elegant wholes, as well as his sensitivity to timbre. While no would label the settings classical (though it is part of the genre mix), Downstream Blue does often achieve a kind of symphonic splendour."
Ron Schepper, textura
"Downstream Blue by film composer Mathieu Karsenti is probably my favourite of a fine bunch, peaking on the haunting “Loosen” with guitar and swirling strings grounded by a recurring cello motif that sounds like a voice humming a sad lament. Warmly recommended."
Mike Watson, Ambient Music Guide
"The four-track EP by Mathieu Karsenti feels incredibly short. Like a blissful moment in a time, when that intricate and known essence was simply present, only to be gone again. But at that time, no matter how minuscule and brief, one feels remarkably alive, and that’s what matters at that moment."
Mike Lazarev, Headphone Commute
"Un’isola di confortante suono in cui rifugiarsi sognando terre lontane."
Peppe Trotta, SoWhat