Album Review

Mannheim Rocket – “Mannheim Rocket” – [3bs Records]

Thurston Hunger   1/1/2015   12-inch, A Library

The name is taken from a musical term for a “rapid upward
arpeggio over a large range, combined with a crescendo”
In this case, it’s also the nom du beats for Australian
Jon Pizzay (who for bonus credit runs the 3BS label, and
that’s no BS). Downtempo techno with more subtle colors
and rhythms, drum machines are sparse and crisp when used,
the bass lines never really thump out (I guess on “Hora
Lunga” they hit their peak). “Liberation” slides those kind
of shaved electronics past your ears but its excellence
shines in a beaming cathedral drone on a pulsar for a
couple of minutes to close. Next up, “Hora Lunga” spends
two minutes warming up an organ rumination before soda-pop
snares and the bass lines take over, later on some synth
cross between oboe and erhu weaves in nicely. “Oubliees”
(the forgotten, possibly a reference to a film about woman
in Angola?) is a killer track, echoes of “Sleep Archive”,
an edgy drowsiness, with static bursts, a simple *descending*
piano line, intercepted transmissions. Halfway through its
evolving 12 minutes, a taste of aquatic dub. Or is it an
ethereal one? Very chilled conclusion to “Oubliees”, a
vanishing for the forgotten? Lastly “Schuon” (a possible
nod to a philospher/poet/artist, Frithjof) continues in
the icy isolation vein, piano+strings breathe into block
waves and then some singing voices trapped beneath the
sonic floes. Outstanding bleakbeat heightened by
refractory ambience. Steamier than other Mannheim
-Thurston Hunger

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