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AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF: Mezethakla Mukabalatt

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Nov 06 2004
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Artist: AALFANG MIT PFERDEKOPF
Title: Mezethakla Mukabalatt
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Third DIY cdr in a year for this up-and-coming German project, here as a duo (Mirko Uhlig and Joerg Eger). "Geschwaerzte Milch", a melancholic acoustic instrumental reminding of mid-period Current 93, is a deceiving beginning for the massive 46-minute title track, which is divided into several movement but easily flows as an organic composition. The first half is a lunatic session of heavily delayed, echoed and pitch-shifted clanks, mixed with subdued environmental drones: I was a bit put off by this one, as the same tricks are repeated over and over again with tedious effects. Luckily, the tour-de-force becomes far more successful and worthwhile halfway, with a more controlled use of minimalism. Drones, strummed guitars, vocal samples and concrete noises are skillfully textured in a surrealistic soundscape not far from what Monos or Ora (to name but two possible references) have produced over the last decade. This second half manages to put you in a suspended, dreaming state, and promises great things from the project.