Falling Down Stares Releases Waterface

by Monique Woolen-Lewis

Falling Down Stares Releases Waterface

Somewhere in between melodic reverb My Bloody Valentine B-Sides and incoherent Spacemen 3 haze lies Berlin-based DIY shoegazer Falling Down Stares, the moniker of Russian born, Berlin native Artem Bezu. His latest release Hello Waterface has no sense of urgency whatsoever, lackadaisical noise hums warmly over a laid-back drum machine. Surprisingly grounded, Bezu creates one hell of a wall of sound as a solo musician.


Bezu cut his musical teeth in the Blauer Salor Rauchhaus-- lovingly nicknamed Rauchhaus (German for ‘smoke house’) where he made “supremely underground” noise in the forms of Die Schacht https://soundcloud.com/bird1986, a project whose lo-fi, albeit quite aggressive, fuzz could lead it to be mistaken for a lost Jay Reatard B-side, and MR1919,

(https://mr1919.bandcamp.com/album/cs2015) an outfit erring more on the coldwave end of the post-punk spectrum. My personal favorite of the Artem Bezu Back Catalogue would have to be Spooky Mulder (https://soundcloud.com/spookyxmulder), seemingly his most linear project up to date, expressing more shoegaze sensibilities. But as the bio on SM’s Soundcloud expresses, it was over before it even began.


His latest release, Waterface, kicks off optimistically with I Am A Hologram, a track pendulating between upbeat retro bursts which then trickle into a slow lull before kicking back into speed again and again, and yet again, finally sweltering into the aptly named X’ed out. It all gets very Sonic Youth-but-with-a-drum-machine at this point until I Fought the Void, a blurry landscape accentuated by subtle metallic effects appearing at irregular intervals somewhere in the psychedelic mirage. Waterface is punctuated by Self-Employed, which is basically 2 mins 56 seconds of feedback loops whilst half-heartedly tuning one of those am/fm radios in a car whose antennae has been ripped off.

On the whole, both Bezu’s current and former outfits are absolute hidden Berlin gems, seemingly lost beneath the overly-valued techno scene. A brief stint on the Philadelphia-based abstract/noise label Stiltbreeze Records is his current claim to fame but hopefully the algorithm gods will grace this entirely underrated artist with attention so well invested listening to his

works.



Falling Down Stares Releases Waterface

by Monique Woolen-Lewis

Falling Down Stares Releases Waterface

Somewhere in between melodic reverb My Bloody Valentine B-Sides and incoherent Spacemen 3 haze lies Berlin-based DIY shoegazer Falling Down Stares, the moniker of Russian born, Berlin native Artem Bezu. His latest release Hello Waterface has no sense of urgency whatsoever, lackadaisical noise hums warmly over a laid-back drum machine. Surprisingly grounded, Bezu creates one hell of a wall of sound as a solo musician.


Bezu cut his musical teeth in the Blauer Salor Rauchhaus-- lovingly nicknamed Rauchhaus (German for ‘smoke house’) where he made “supremely underground” noise in the forms of Die Schacht https://soundcloud.com/bird1986, a project whose lo-fi, albeit quite aggressive, fuzz could lead it to be mistaken for a lost Jay Reatard B-side, and MR1919,

(https://mr1919.bandcamp.com/album/cs2015) an outfit erring more on the coldwave end of the post-punk spectrum. My personal favorite of the Artem Bezu Back Catalogue would have to be Spooky Mulder (https://soundcloud.com/spookyxmulder), seemingly his most linear project up to date, expressing more shoegaze sensibilities. But as the bio on SM’s Soundcloud expresses, it was over before it even began.


His latest release, Waterface, kicks off optimistically with I Am A Hologram, a track pendulating between upbeat retro bursts which then trickle into a slow lull before kicking back into speed again and again, and yet again, finally sweltering into the aptly named X’ed out. It all gets very Sonic Youth-but-with-a-drum-machine at this point until I Fought the Void, a blurry landscape accentuated by subtle metallic effects appearing at irregular intervals somewhere in the psychedelic mirage. Waterface is punctuated by Self-Employed, which is basically 2 mins 56 seconds of feedback loops whilst half-heartedly tuning one of those am/fm radios in a car whose antennae has been ripped off.

On the whole, both Bezu’s current and former outfits are absolute hidden Berlin gems, seemingly lost beneath the overly-valued techno scene. A brief stint on the Philadelphia-based abstract/noise label Stiltbreeze Records is his current claim to fame but hopefully the algorithm gods will grace this entirely underrated artist with attention so well invested listening to his

works.