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1 review | 5 people love this record: be the 6th! A rare thing occurred at these towers today. All heads were mutually hypnotized by the sublime rhythms of The self-titled Aleph-1 album. Alva Noto fans have no doubt been awaiting the return of Carsten Nicolai, this time under a different guise. iDEAL are the label that bring us this joyous album. Responsible for releases by Mokira, Prurient, Wolf Eyes. The Skull Defects, Dead Machines and Kevin ... »

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5 people love this record. Be the 6th!
8/10 Ant Staff review, 31 January 2008
A rare thing occurred at these towers today. All heads were mutually hypnotized by the sublime rhythms of The self-titled Aleph-1 album. Alva Noto fans have no doubt been awaiting the return of Carsten Nicolai, this time under a different guise. iDEAL are the label that bring us this joyous album. Responsible for releases by Mokira, Prurient, Wolf Eyes. The Skull Defects, Dead Machines and Kevin Drumm, this is a label that clearly know their onions. Incidentally The price of the humble onion is about to increase here in the UK due to a poor crop last year. Phil's response to me telling him this was one of total devastation as we both maintain, as I'm sure you will agree, that the onion is the foundation of any nutritious meal... So this album explores similar minimalism, repetition, rhythms and subtle detail to the Alva Noto material. It's construction is linear but less abrasive. The aesthetic is the same and the minute pin prick sounds and distant glitches are all here for those that will allow themselves to become absorbed. On the surface it can appear cold and clinical, however when you tune in, it really is very warm and pretty sounding. Even comforting, like a music box stuck on a loop rotating through your brain. Nicoli manages to inject real human feeling into this one. Although some of the rhythms seem initially awkward, the repetition allows you to get your head round them and eventually your body starts beginning to sway. It's clear to see why this man is so highly revered. He's at the top of his game. This is available on CD and gatefold double LP with minimal artwork that recalls Alva Noto's Xerrox (an album I was a bit disappointed by but is overdue another listen) sleeve. It's so crisp and clean looking your 'e almost afraid to touch it for fear of soiling its minimal perfection. On my here vinyl copy there is a slight surface crackle that makes it sound like Burial doing minimal electronics. I don't mind it though. Actually it adds an element of analogue warmth to proceedings. Bleep bliss that is highly recommended.

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