8/10 Ant Staff review, 14 November 2013
Anyone with a penchant for deep melancholic techno really ought to be checking out this release from Recondite. Berlin based producer Lorenz Brunner has been releasing his work on his own Plangent imprint as well a releases scattered across Hotflush Recordings, Dystopian and Acid Test with whom he released his debut full length.
Ghostly International have now snapped him up for the follow up, and most pleasant it is too. Using field recordings from his homeland of Lower Bavaria, Brunner has captured the spirit of the land across the changing seasons, call it pastoral techno if you will. The beautiful thing about techno is that it’s essentially a framework upon which you can hang anything, be it industrial gloom, psychedelic futurism, sci-fi, whatever. Here recondite creates warm and earthy techno, dripping with lush melancholy melodies and emotion. From the dreamy ambient soundscapes and processed field recordings of ‘Floe’ to the sublime flickering hypnotic melodies of ‘Abscondance’. It’s all immaculately produced, with crystal clear pin prick glistening electronics and utmost beat precision. Although it feels warm and comforting and really quite pretty, theres a lurking sadness emanating from a sort of monochromatic, glacial winter pallate with sounds like ice crystals and the crackle of snow underfoot on the frosty landscape of Recondites home turf.
This wont immediately blow you away, it’s magic is subtle, but bang this on from beginning to end and recline on a fine winter evening and I’m pretty sure this wont fail to warm thee olde cockles.
9/10 Paul Customer review, 31st December 2013
Although this was released earlier in the year Santa brought me my copy (via Phil thanks mate) Played it three times back to back first around it is excellent slow techno which really gets into your head. in my top ten LPs of the year. Really hope 2014 can produce more LPs like this.
9/10 Lucas Customer review, 12th December 2013
There's no more gravity when you listen to Recondite. It's like a weightless journey in a Nordic country forest where time doesn't count anymore. Everything is simple but everything is perfect.
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