DATASHOCK: Keine Oase in Sicht 2XLP Dekorder

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DATASHOCK: Keine Oase in Sicht   2XLP Dekorder

‘No Oasis in Sight’ is the latest improvised affair in Datashock’s lengthy tenure; and given the title of this latest album, its no surprise to hear the overt desert like snake charmer pipes and wails permeate the release.

A driven ethnicity of sounds from tribal rhythms, bells and instrumentation do make for thematically sound album; however, this style of music doesn’t do anything for me at all. Droning chants and what appears to be traditional throat singing, make an appearance over the top of subtle guitars; and whilst my cat seemed to love it, this just seemed like a very drawn out affair.

Datashock appear to be about 45-50 years out of sync musically; and I am sure this would have gone down well at many a festival in the 60’s, indeed the Summer of Love. For the most part, the warm rich musicianship is lost on me if I am to be honest. It’s well played, well pieced together and there’s no doubt as to the skill and talent everyone involved collectively has. I just don’t care to listen to such sounds; but whatever floats your boat, peace out hippies.

7/10

STEPHAN MATHIEU: The Falling Rocket 2xLP Dekorder

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STEPHAN MATHIEU: The Falling Rocket  2xLP Dekorder

This is Mathieu’s first full-length release for the Dekorder label after releasing two highly acclaimed 10” singles for the label in 2011.  Layering a variety of instrumentation, both analogue and electronic, ‘The Falling Rocket’ is a lengthy release that as expected, is a wall of massive gliding ambience.

A ghostly apparition of sound opens up this latest affair.  Like a breathing fog of cold, dense aurora the pads drift through the speakers as ‘Lacaille 8760’ seeps gently into the room, whilst a foundation of rich tones carry the dense weight on their shoulders.

As a whole, the album plays out in much the same way as it starts.  Rich, bass heavy drones are the glue, which not only holds everything together, but also has a strange, oppressive pull that gives the listener the impression they’re sinking into the ground.  The light drifting wafts of air that parallels this provide two opposing forces; that of being held steadfast whilst your head wants to lift off your shoulders.  It’s a fundamentally weird state to be put in and cleverly thought out.

Occasionally the album screeches out noise when you least expect it.  This once again comes when it’s needed most, as this release has the uncanny knack of dragging you into a hypnotic void where time becomes irrelevant.  One for Dark Ambient enthusiasts the world over, ‘The Falling Rocket’ is a release that places Stephan Mathieu at the top of his game in a lot of respects.

8.5/10