Album Review

Ekkehard Ehlers “Politik braucht keinen Feind” [staubgold]

cujo   7/12/2006   A Library

?Politics needs no enemies.’ This latest from Ehlers has a vaguely programmatic album title and vaguely political packaging, yet has no discernable political statements once you start listening. It treads the line between sonic experimentation and artful electroacoustic composition.

The first track, M’ander, features Burkhard Kunkel’s bass clarinet. Ehlers stacks Kunkel’s notes into slowly shifting combinations, adding a quiet factory-floor industrial wash of electronics throughout.

The second track, Blind, features Anka Hirsch five times to round out a cello quintet. The five voices are not as homogenous as in the first track, the movements differ from each other, and they compete for your attention with the electronics. While more busy, this piece is not as enjoyable as the first.

The last track, Woolf Phrase, is the pleasant surprise. It’s 21-minute near-drone of some repetetive string motifs and plucking. It’s processed to sound chimed and metallic and to give it slow throbs and drones. Gorgeous cicada-ian rhythms.

-Cujo, KFJC, July 2006

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