Phantom Horse are hamburg-based minimalist electronic duo Ulf Schutte and Niklas Dommaschk. Different Forces is their second album and takes it cues from electronic pioneers such as Cluster and Harmonia with a touch of Moondog. Polyrhythmic, hypnotic, highly recommended. Vinyl LP limited to 300 copies!
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Limited LP on Umor-Rex. Edition of 300 copies.
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Umor Rex are taking 2015 by storm. That Kara-Lis Coverdale and LXV thing was beautiful, slightly more so than the James Place, a place where (rainy) dreams are made on his second record Living on Superstition. Now a duo of German electronickers called Phantom Horse have crafted another slab of synthetic delight, unfolding with organic patterns and hypnotic jams.
Without making too obvious an observation, this is a pretty kraut-y record. Looping, evolving phrases coexist for minutes on end, weaving threads over the top of some seriously pensive chord shapes. Subtle psychedelic touches enter in the form of uncertain synths that seem to melt down in a technicolour desert as in ‘Vloid’, some propelled by shakers and tambourines as in ‘Different Forces’, eventually leading to a more electronic tapping during ‘Hector’. That one’s got a nice, simple groove with numerous melodic layers alternating between the headphones, polyrhythms galore.
The reference points are obvious - the chill moments of Cluster and Can, some Listening Center bits as well as Deep Distance things. It loops brilliantly and draws you in to it's repeating world. It's got this nice meditative constant feel, that spaced-out mindset that Terry Riley would be mad jealous of. Can Terry Riley experience jealousy?
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