Miftah Bravenda is a musician, composer and producer hailing from Serang-Banten, Indonesia. His music is minimalist and ambient in nature, with a cinematic and organic quality that gives it a strong sense of atmosphere. His previous releases include Eglantine, Those Who Wait For Sweetness and Engkelili. He regards his greatest trick as ‘his ability to turn familiar instrumentation into something of an entirely different nature.’
This track, You Look Like Something I Knew Once is a fine example of this. It begins evocatively with an interweaving blend of rich organ, sonorous synths and a haunting piano melody. This striking meld of sound is then added to firstly via musique concrete (using recorded sounds as a method of electronic composition) and then a lurching, mesmeric beat that compels the attention.
As the track progresses, various synth textures and melodies emerge gradually into the soundscape, and the constantly shifting and blossoming sonic tapestry unfolds with an inevitability that shows a high degree of skill in handling the material. The resultant effect is a sense of dislocation in the most pleasant way, a feeling of having been transported.
Overall, this is an extremely well composed and produced piece of ambient electronica. Although minimalist in style, the way the complex layers of sonic texture morph and develop across the duration of the track is testament to his inimitable gift as a composer, and the quality of the production is fully realized. He deserves to garner and a wide audience, particularly amongst ambient fans.