Although he’s got over twenty years of experience in the music industry, Peter Rehberg is only just getting round to making his fourth solo album. As ever, he’s included the word ‘Get’ in the title, and Get On also continues Rehberg’s musical themes of marrying ugly aesthetics with beautiful ones.
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‘Get On’ is the fifth instalment in Editions Mego bossman Peter Rehberg’s ‘Get’ series released under his Pita handle. The first “volume” so to speak was 1999 gamechanger and all-time computer music/noise classic ‘Get Out’ followed by ‘Get Down’, ‘Get Off’ and ‘Get In’.
Tina Frank’s excellent sleeve art has parallels with the audio - the contrasting textures that paradoxically tessellate and interlock. It sounds like Rehberg has really got to grips with his modular system and is having great fun tweaking the pots as all sorts of wild and unhinged sounds shoot and snarl on opener ‘AMFM’, zinging and warping around something resembling a groove. Indeed from here onwards there’s a fine line between control and chaos - Rehberg brilliantly harnesses that sort of energy on ‘Frozen Jumper’ where fast flickering rhythms flash in wild geometries, crunching stroboscopic sounds that feel like they could teeter off the loose grid into absolute pandemonium. And then he presses the button that must be labelled ABSOLUTE MAYHEM as the whole thing switches gear into exhilarating, scorching rhythmic noise. ‘Top Two Five’ begins delicately, allowing us to catch a breath as he elicits some almost string-like sounds from the circuits, as though an orchestra’s sounds were rising from an auditorium, only to hit the ceiling and descend down into a gurgling pool of corrosive acid where they dissolve into a mess of caustic liquid that gets hoovered up by some enormous vacuum cleaner type droid.
‘Aching Moth Pool’ is a high-grade mind frazzler with sizzling bursts of pure electricity that feel like we’re being subjected to some sort of mind-altering electroconvulsive therapy. The record closes with the beautifully mysterious thirteen and a half minutes of ‘Motivation’ with its incredibly eerie layered drones. These somewhat ominous tones lead into an almighty unsettling soundscape of tormented phantom-like sound, which at its most intense feels like it could make the body spontaneously combust! A cracker.
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