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- Images of the Dream and Death by Akos Rozmann
9/10 Ant Staff review, 23 August 2013
I hold this record in my hand and immediately want to hear it. Everything from the title to the sleeve art and sleeve notes scream "Play me". Plus I adored the '12 Stationer VI' release last year on Ideologic Organ so my interest levels in this record have peaked to overload.
Originally released in 1986 on Swedish label Phono Suecia this edition is the 4th version, revised at EMS Stockholm for a performance in 2001. It traverses the nightmarish with the profoundly beautiful effortlessly and really sounds startlingly unique. To begin to articulate what I'm hearing is nigh on impossible, like thee best electronic music.
Theres a great quote from Jim O'Rourke that puts this feeling quite succinctly:
"The lingering feeling after hearing the works of Ákos Rózmann is the intangibility of naming what that lingering feeling is. Anyone who hears his music is moved, in as many ways possible, but why they have been moved and where to, is as difﬁcult to put a ﬁnger on as to catch a small ﬂeck in a bowl of water, always in sight, but forever slipping from our grasp. There is an undeﬁnable “otherness” to his music, some might call it a strangeness, an alienness, but whatever label one chooses to apply, the actual listening to his music and the afterburn in our memory ﬂit between each other and clouding just what his music “is”…"
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