LP £13.49 ELP004
LP on Ecstatic. Red coloured vinyl edition of 550 copies aka Axel Willner (The Field/Kompakt/Loops Of Your Heart).
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Immediately when you put the needle on the records you know there’s the tell-tale sign of quality present. Therefore it is no suprise that this is the new ambient project from the man who brought you The Field.
It seems to be a concept work about Beelitz-Heilstätten is a 60s building treatment sanatorium complex southwest of Berlin and each track is titled after it. Confusingly we get ‘PT6’, PT7’, ‘PT10’ and ‘PT11’ on this album. All are lengthy drifty evocations which build slowly with only the subtlest hint of change. Opener ‘PT6’ is drop dead superb. Sounding something akin to what a collaboration between Kevin Shields and Wolfgang Voigt might sound like it is built round a churning, pulsating slightly tremelo’d two note thing that is deeply evocative and deeply moving. The sort of simple but atmospheric melody that you could find yourself listening to for days on end.
‘PT7’ has percuission that reminds you of Gas in that it appears to be played in a different room. On this track the wavering line of synth picks out a slowly ascending melody creeping at snails pace across the track. It sounds like Boards of Canada being played at 16rpm. The Boards of Canada influence is just as notable on the creepy third track with a gorgeous analogue synth line interrupted by banks of disembodied voices. The final ‘PT11’ is maybe more realised than the other tracks, less eerie but the synth line appears and disappears from the mix in such a disconcerting way, the track barely alters across its 13 or so minutes, there’s the odd slice of dialogue and the beats seem to disintergrate over the course of the track.
Tremendously realised evocative music. The type of thing that is so unusual and so distinctive that you can imagine it being copied for years to come.
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