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Thomas Klein, as well as being the drummer in the excellent Kreidler, is the main man in Solyst and must still dine out on the fact that he got awarded our coveted Album of the Week with his previous self titled offering. From the looks of things this album carries on from where the last one left off. Naturally, being a drummer, the emphasis on beatsmithery of one sort another with a particular African/Burundi feel to a lot of the playing. Melody rarely comes into it but this doesn’t stop opening track ‘Pierbourg’ becoming a tour de force. Opening with chilling darkwave jittery synths, the tom heavy percussion is added alongside kraut-ish basslines and weird hissy noises. There is a real tribal feel to the track and its easy to get hopelessly lost in its trance-like grooves.
Each track is elegantly constructed and all have a similar feel of dark paranoia running through them. ‘Polar’ opens with squelshy low end synths, bringing in carefully manipulated drum patterns, subtly shifting in mood and emphasis. Great soundtrack music and you can easily see Solyst’s music being used as the backdrop to a dark psychological thriller. Klein describes his solo music as “Tribal Dub Krautrock” and no amount of words I could vomit down on this page could describe it better. It consistently builds up layer upon layer of drums to create trance like compositions that beguile, it lacks the late night moodiness of the techno brigade or the melodic instincts of his former post rock cohorts but as an exercise in rhythmic excellence it is in an undoubted class of its own.
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