Details are scarce-bordering-on-non-existent about the artist known as 1991: perhaps the historical year itself has produced these tracks? Anyway, we can tell you that No More Dreams (the name of the label as well as the album) is an eerie thing, sliding between hazy tunes and washed-out ambience like an electronic dream. Vinyl and cassette editions available.
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1991. Ah what a year. The year I worked for a few months in a petrol station. Halcyon days indeed. Not sure what 1991 was doing in 1991 as there's much info here about what all this actually means but it adds to the mystery of the whole thing. 1991 is a man Axel Backmann and that's all I know. Perhaps he wasn't even born in 1991. What we have is basically a rare form of smudge techno with an insistent and memorable series of blurred repetitions. What I'm getting from the opening track is something that pulsates ambiently. The beats are skittery yet eerily disconnected and hidden beneath a hill of fogged out ambient wash. The skirling phased ambience of the third track (no titles I'm sorry) is the stand out treat of the EP. Delightful 'Selected Ambient Works' styled composition buried in layers of distortion. I'm reminded of the more hazed out end of bvdub's oevre as well as The Field's HANDS project.
There's a lot to get excitedly melancholy about here so this is perfect for your closed in November day. The B side yields further slabs of disintegration with the opening two tracks recalling both the Caretaker and William Basinski. There's something really haunting about these pieces, it's not just electronica that has been worn away, the sounds and the melodies are carefully constructed to run together in parallel. Sometimes music such as this depends on what is going on in your mind, where you allow it to takje you to so I'd like to take *some* credit for how good it is. You can too. Just slip it on and drift away.
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