Theurgy is a record that works within the rich heritage of early 70’s ambient-komische synth tweakers. Melodien’s tracks tend to be warm and comforting in their melodies, whilst also sliding along with machine-cool efficiency. This yellow vinyl edition is limited to 500 copies only, out on Deep Distance.
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- Theurgy by Melodien
8/10 Robin Staff review, 12 November 2015
I can’t wait for the Deep Distance Christmas party. Kosmische Santa is gonna be there Ho Ho Hoing into the void over a finely tweaked bass groove; the lights are gonna be turned off, save the dim purple ones flashing about on the tree, and also: the party’s never going to end. It’s just eventually going to fade into the abyss, which admittedly will leave everyone kind of uncomfortable, and unsure as to where they parked. In space, man. You parked in space.
Navigating us with uncertainty towards the psychedelic Christmas season (AKA primetime) are Melodien, whose firm understanding of old, synthed Krautrock territory is both welcome and totally unsurprising. If you’ve listened to even a serving of Deep Distance’s releases this year, you’ll know what you’re getting: interlocking grooves, washed out synth filibusters and cyborg melodies. The crucial differences for DD releases tend to be what emotive forces are at bay, or what personality traits seep in from the individuals: Melodien are obviously dramatists at heart, and before the cadences strike a finite blow on these hypno-jams, it often sounds like they’re getting stoked on a crescendo. When tiny, inconsequential drumbeats are used, they’re coupled with the most expansive music possible, such as the lurching “Der Duftende Garten Des Schiek Nefzaui”, which swims with the complacency of ‘Future Days’ Can but blasts sirens and effects on a plane of higher stakes.
Records like ‘Theurgy’ tend to sound rigid and rhythmic, but Melodien’s music is marked by its widely-scoped production and busy arranging. Tracks like “Obciach” use repetition as a crux on which to build tension -- ambience swirls, new beats arrive and effects trickle down. The results less like a machine-built meditation and more like an ecosystem of sound. Dare I accuse a kosmische act of being full of beans? I dare.
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