Mueller_Roedelius are Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Christoph H. Mueller, coming together for the first time to create Imagori. It’s an album of electronic music but it feels intimately hand-crafted. The tunes are deep and warm with some rich piano and lots of percussive flourishes. It’s like electronic jazz.
Pressed on a pink vinyl LP.
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This is the first collaboration between Hans-Joachim Roedelius (of Cluster, Harmonia etc.) and Christoph H. Müller (Gotan Project). It’s one of those records that could be described perfectly as a ‘fusion’ .....if fusion was a word I was allowed to use. Let's just say it's like a raspberry ripple and carrot ice-cream - it fuses two disparate elements in such a way that you’d think that they’d been here for life.
Roedelius’s warm slightly jazzy piano notes sit under huge electronic constructions which fizz and crackle. On opener ‘Time Has Come’ they initially sound right together and even more so when effects are added to the piano. This is the type of modernist record that you could see having been released in the late ’90’s/early 2000’s when to combine electronic and traditional instruments still sent people into a tailspin. On ‘QM' the beats take charge and here the piano sounds a little tacked on but when firmer, fuller piano is used on ‘Origami II’ the effect is much more impressive. The simple piano notes are augmented by increasing bass frequencies and finally the kind of bleeps that could only have been made in Germany. It’s perfectly produced - it has that kind of German precision you’d expect - you feel that the beats have been messed with for years before they let them out of their laboratory.
The best tracks sit in this perfect space between neo-classical warmth and electronic coldness but what you are left with is not lukewarm water, instead it’s less ambient than I maybe expected with clinical, pounding beats and squelch abounds. The soft ‘Himmel Uber Lima’ answers my prayer for something more drifting with its exquisite piano loops twinkling with severely distorted micro beats.
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