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Thursday, July 05, 2007

KETTEL - Whisper Me Wishes

KETTEL - Whisper Me Wishes (Dub) Comentários: Of all the electronica old-guard, for me Reimer Eising (better known to the outside world as Kettel) has always stood out as one of the most interesting characters. Openly pedalling a slightly skewed brand of electronic music - one part Plaid, one part Aphex and one part Erik Satie, rather then hop, skip and jump into new genres he has instead merely refined what he was always so good at and this latest album, a collection of tracks written over the last few years, is a real testament to his stylistic longevity. Over the course of fourteen tracks Eising shows us why having an extensive training in classical composition can really help you make interesting music as he moves effortlessly through downtempo electronica, jungly acid and oddly, epic classical pieces. This music is electronica, sure, but there's something so skewed about it that you're just drawn in - for a start Eising's grasp of melody and harmony has to be heard to be believed, but the way he layers his addictive synthesizer hooks over what should probably be out-of-time rhythms is quite shocking. Add this to the fact that the Dutchman has the guile to use possibly the cheesiest sounds available to him (synth piano, general midi) yet still manages to have me coming back again and again and you have something truly original. About mid-way through the album the tempo changes rapidly to explore the sound Eising approached on the incredible 'Volleyed Iron' album, fusing his fluid piano playing with field recordings and some gorgeous harp and cello work. On another album I might be tempted to say this jump in style would be jarring, but Kettel has always retained the ability to do what he wants and get away with it, and of course it pays off for him. There aren't many artists left in the genre making such fantastically intense and good natured music; this is light hearted, fun and always great to listen to - what more can you ask for from a record ? Electronic music ain't dead just yet... in boomkat [Para Ouvir]



Anonymous Joana said...

simplesmente lindo *****

Thursday, 05 July, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simplesmente lindo ao quadrado! :D

Sunday, 15 July, 2007  

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