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‘In The Red Room’ is where the ambient drones of Aidan Baker (Nadja, B/B/S/) meet the experimental sound designs of Idklang aka Markus Steinkellner (Arktis/Air) over two epic, twenty minute instrumental tracks of gentle, effects driven, ambient guitar drone over repetitive, krautrock beats.

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  • / Limited 180g vinyl LP on Karlrecords. Edition of 300 copies in silk-screened sleeve
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In The Red Room by Aidan Baker & Idklang 1 review. Add your own review. 6/10
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6/10 Staff review, 27 May 2015

This limited LP features two 20 minute experimental guitar improvisations from Aidan Baker, who might be known to you as one half of Canadian post-rockers Nadja, and Markus Steinkellner who performs solo as Idklang. Both tracks are slow burners, with both guitarists taking their time to let things develop and shift in an organic way- with varying permutations of arpeggiated chords forming the loose rhythmic core over which electronically processed ambient textures slowly evolve.

At various points across the set you hear echoes of Slint-style mathy picking, abstract electronica soundscaping, doomy distorted guitar and some free-improv style extended techniques. For the most part the playing is quite restrained and there is an intimate sense to the interaction, which is quite intricate. My favourite sections are when they are less rhythmically bound and more abstract; when they seem to hit a surreal plateau and both players generate a freewheeling stream of psychedelic sound that’s blissfully detached from genre.


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