Mute are excited to announce the release of Pole's
new album Fading.
Pole is the project of ground-breaking electronic
musician Stefan Betke. The new album Fading is
the first since 2015's Wald. As with every new Pole
record, it is part of a continued forward trajectory, but
it also connects to a pre-existing sonic framework.
''Every Pole record connects to recordings that I've
made before,'' Betke says, ''in order to stay in this
kind of vertical development. The ideas 1, 2, and 3
[his groundbreaking first three albums] up to now
are connected. I keep the interesting elements,
languages and vocabulary that I designed and add
new elements.'' Fading follows the physical release
of the remastered versions of 1, 2, and 3.
In the late 90s Betke created the identity Pole to
release his electronic musical creations, shaping
what many see as milestones in dub within electronic
music. Taking his name from a defective analogue
Waldorf 4-Pole filter, the broken machine's distinctive
crackles gave Pole the starting point for his equally
simple and subtle sound layers. Rhythmic textures and
warmly pulsing bass lines join in play and experience
a slow shift towards Minimal Dub. Pole's music has a
unique way of oscillating between melody and avantgarde, between pop and experimental.