Düsseldorf-based Orson Hentschel flexes his vocal chords on latest EP release “Facades”, though his pipes are more geared toward the spoken-word (he’s not exactly Mariah Carey). Almost choreographic, this record weaves together minimalist electro and seamless samples to a cathartically tense climax.
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For Orson Hentschel, the spoken word equates to music -- and I would have to be in particularly churlish mood to disagree, particularly on the evidence of his latest double-track CD (and limited-edition 10” vinyl). Facade begins, logically enough, with ‘Facade I’ which relays surging pulses of synths beamed in from planet Tangerine Dream. The track builds in rhythmic intensity, upping the Motorik quotient during its 6-minutes-plus duration, with spoken vocal overlaid in perfect timing with the beat.
The woman speaking in Japanese (a uniquely rhythmic language in its own right) has a beautifully musical voice which blends to perfection with the electronic sounds -- sounds which become more ethereal and floaty in quality during ‘Facade II’, but always with a bubbling undercurrent of menacing intent -- until jackhammer techno beats (a-la Surgeon, say) crash through like waves of nausea, giving way to relief once it subsides. Although I’m projecting a little, because I’ve come down with a head cold which is taking a few days to shake off. Anyway, this ought to help: Facades is a banger, all right.
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