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Title: Beyond The Undulant Quiesceince
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
BEYOND THE UNDULANT QUIESCENCE is the the second full length album by Fjernlys. Coming from Germany and formed by Knut Enderlein (vision and voice), CKS (arrangements and voice) and Johannes Riedel (guitar and viola), the band recorded ten tracks that are in balance from melodic dark ambient (thanks to solemn atmospheres and tense melodies like on "Involution") and atmospheric dark wave. Some tracks would fit catalogs of labels such as Projekt or early 4AD but luckily enough we have also Loki Foundation that along with the recordings of Inade, Herbst9 and Fir§t Law bring to their fans sinuous synth sounds (see the releases of Antlers Mulm, Bad Sector and this album by Fjernlys). We have instrumental tracks like "Elemental movement" or "A letter to..." that sound soft and calm as well as melodic electronic wave tunes like "Silence" or "Constellation" that merge rhythmical samples, male / female vocals and guitars creating a sort of melodic spoken word ambient song. Layers of synth waves form tiny melodies that will ease your darkest thoughts without dissolving your eternal questions...
Artist: Patenbrigade: Wolff (@)
Title: Baustoff (Popmusik für Rohrleger)
Format: CD
Label: Zweieck Recordings (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
The fine times of "Electro for Turmdrehkranführer" seem to be over, as the status of their famousness grows and grows. German duo PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF offers a new full-length album with a slightly smoother sound outfit than ever discovered before. Lance Murdock and his partner Sven Wolff have reduced their EBM ingredients to integrate a rather more Futurepop-related sound design – although their kind to produce tasty arrangements remains to be the same. "Baustoff" should be able to appeal all of their old fans, they surely will receive several more supporters with this new outfit, which comes out thick and well-thought produced. To reach a higher status of recognition it helps, that they also hired several guest vocalists like Stefan Leukert, Andy Pitzinger (PAINBASTARD) Julia Beyer (CHANDEEN), Antje Schultz (IN STRICT CONFIDENCE), Antje Dieckmann, or André Hartung (SERO.OVERDOSE). Also continuing you’ll get their accident reports happened at the job, as usual placed in short interrupting tracks. This time they could hire the renowned German observer and criminal-biologist Dr. Mark Benecke. To point out the best tunes, I nevertheless prefer the "real" compositions, "Fehler 404" featuring S. Leukert, or the catchy "My Mountains" providing Nadine Stelzer for the lead vocals are worth to mention. Their previously released teaser "Voyage" featuring Antje Dieckmann got also included.
PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF satisfy once again their old fans as well as new and curious listeners with their high-skilled and in-depth produced Synth-Electronica music. If there’s really a tiny flaw worth to pick out, it may could be advantageous, to produce more own tracks featuring own vocals. "Baustoff" offers besides an intro and outro tune only one track "Popmusik für Rohrleger", featuring complete own and original PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF efforts. What happens, if their guest vocalists won’t find the time to perform with them during live gigs? Do they have to perform without their hits, like the ones mentioned above? But thanks to additional live performances providing their own identity and with the help of their guests, they should easily climbing up several more stages to reach famousness. A quite entertaining album and worth to check it out!