Recorded in San Bernandino, California, Chigwe by the provocatively titled German Army touches on the sounds of Starving Weirdos at their most immersive. Here Peter Kris and Norm Heston channel the deepest sounds of the rainforest. Out on tape from Irish label Fort Evil Fruit. Limited to 70 copies only!
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6/10 Robin Staff review, 23 June 2015
German Army do things like they were a neo-folk crew, hiding behind masks and treating everything like smoke and mirrors. Their music, while not that way in genre, does share some of the darkened, foreboding and often problematic aesthetic, though their electro exists more as collage than it does in songwritten form.
The industrial slime of German Army comes through more organically on ‘Chigwe’, a record that begins by blending together acoustic percussion with phased, treated samples. The lo-fi production almost focuses the sound, making the rhythm more pronounced with reference to the rest of the track’s wobbly definitions. As always, this is German Army making their sounds and reference points sound vague and intangible through an immersive, dreamlike electro.
It’s best when they go full on dreamy, of course: the phases of sweet ambient that this tape reach for are momentary but fully blissful, counterpointing the dark sounds and vacuous samples with something like gentility. German Army are proficient beatmakers and make them to be skittering, often rhythmically disorientating. It’s in their vague combination of punishing beats and samples we can’t trace that they most recall Cut Hands, though in their electro-acoustic moments they could easily compete with the Caretaker.
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