ZEITKRATZER: Column One: Entropium LP/CD Karlrecords / Zeitkratzer Productions

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ZEITKRATZER: Column One: Entropium LP/CD Karlrecords / Zeitkratzer Productions

I have been avidly watching Zeitkratzer roll along with their many interpretations of other artists’ work by their ensemble for some time. These have often produced mixed results; and in all honesty I have enjoyed releases where they have covered music I actually like, which I guess is to be expected.

I have always appreciated Column One, who have managed over the years to keep themselves relevant, with an array of contributors that kept their line up fresh. With such a lengthy catalogue there is much work that Zeitkratzer could have approached; yet here we have 5 collaborative efforts, which are now seeing the light of day for the first time since they were recorded during the Maerzmusik festival of 2012.

Overall the end result is that of a steady, if not over engaging wall of Musique Concrète (which is personally a genre I cannot stand, in any shape or form), but it is done with a modicum of skill, that should appeal to aficionados. I appreciate track 3 ‘Vilde Navarseke’, which suitably massaged my penchant for Dark Ambient, with its rumbling inky backdrop of colliding rich strings, amongst raining percussion.

My interest hasn’t wavered, but once again there is here another of Zeitkratzer’s works that I will only give a passing glance to, mainly due to my own personal preferences.

7.5/10

AIDEN BAKER & IDKLANG: In the Red Room LP Karlrecords

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AIDEN BAKER & IDKLANG: In the Red Room LP Karlrecords

Baker’s discography is truly expansive; with at least two or three albums a year, more often than not collaborating with other artists. In all honesty a lot of the releases can be hit and miss, such is the price of being prolific.

This two-track album is undoubtedly an oddity; pleasant all in all but as strange as it is serene. The title track utilises gentle guitar harmonics and drones that drift into pattering glitches and delay; whilst the second side, ‘Where we’re from the Birds Sing a Pretty Song’ carries on from where side A left off, albeit in a nonsensical fashion.

‘In the Red Room’ is harmless, but isn’t Baker’s finest hour due to feeling like one long pointless jam session. Collectors will appreciate this on its vinyl format, whereas I am aghast that some people actually manage to get a vinyl release (and this doesn’t warrant it), while others never get the opportunity.

That being said, this isn’t a terrible release, it is however an album that left me wanting more; just not for the right reasons.

7/10