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Villalobos, Ricardo / Lodenbauer, Max – “Re: ECM” – [Ecm Records]

Thurston Hunger   6/7/2013   A Library, CD

re_ecm
Cool when beats turns up in places you might not expect. Not much
of a church-goer, but is there a mass that is the “laptop” mass
these days? Anyways, beat priests, Villalobos and Loderbauer (from
Sun Electric and the Moritz Von Oswald Trio) were allowed into the
ECM catalog catacombs in 2011, and came up with this sacred celebration
of the label. ECM has always had a really clear, often icy sound
to me, the liner notes refer to importance of “space” in the
“ECM-esthetic” and for minimalist techno moves, that can work
well. One of KFJC’s beat DJ’s was less enthralled, and I can
understand…despite the mention of dance clubs in the liners
this is way more clean room, than night club. Out of 13 sources,
we only have the Arvo Part source, “Kanon Pokajanen.” But it feels
like the source of the samples comes through pretty strong, even
when clipped and chipped and mix’d with mic’d up gasps of sound from
the mixing lab. Some are listed as merely arranged by the duo here.
Tracks like “Remergence” with its dead fly buzzing on a snare, aren’t
going to pack a dance floor, but work for weird ears. I like voice
when inserted into electronics, some that would fit in a cathedral
“Reblazhenstva” and “Rekonakion” or a mosque “Reannounce.” “Resole”
also has a voice but it feels like an opera star stranded on a
space shuttle. Each of the two disks starts with a riff on a work
by Christian Wallamrod that sounds like that moment in a fantasy
film when the audience is meant to understand fairies are real.
Other epiphanies are not as ethereal, but nice work overall.
-Thurston Hunger

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