CENTROZOON: Boner CD Unsung Records

CENTROZOON: Boner CD Unsung Records

When the press release states that ‘boner’ displays music that is radical enough to challenge even the ‘dedicated fans of experimental music’ there has to be an element of caution, indeed an element of worry; in turn though, I have heard previous releases by Centrozoon and I half-heartedly smiled at this statement as merely a selling point.

‘Boner’ sounds more freeform than previous works by this act, cleverly utilising an array of sensibilities that teeter on the edge of movie soundtrack mash-ups.  There is an element of digital psychosis that ravages the majority of this release; like an LSD fuelled backdrop to the out-takes of The Twilight Zone or The Outer limits, with an aural approach that is almost sci-fi in its execution.

The only real let down to this latest affair is that is so unbridled and tethered down, the chaos unfolding around you can be distracting more often than not and whilst it’s easy to appreciate what this trio are trying to achieve, it is all too simple to pick apart it’s flaws with raw composition lacking any defence in the credibility stakes.

As a final result, the warning signs I mentioned from the press release earlier should probably be heeded by most and this album is probably best consumed by those that have previously been exposed to the artist, where it will be appreciated the most.

7/10

CENTROZOON: Lovefield CD Unsung Records

CENTROZOON: Lovefield CD Unsung Records

For those not in the know, Germany’s Centrozoon are first and foremost a progressive electronic act.  This album is their transition onto a more minimal level with an infinitesimal quality to every minor detail. Guitar and synth are improvised here and a greater emphasis on an altogether unplugged feel to the album as a whole.

Lovefield is Centrozoon’s attempt at creating an aural painting to challenge the imagination, attempting to visualise accompany the works of David Lynch. There’s always a danger when attempting such works; the matter of overstepping the mark and looking pretentious is usually the result and to be fair, I am usually one of the detractors.

Lovefield however, has a fair range to play with;  it’s subtle, filling out the background to silence when relaxing at home, interesting and above all involving.  An intriguing experimental act, if nothing altogether amazing.

7.5/10