Genre(s): Experimental Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: 7d Media (USA/Canada), Ronin Rhythm Records (Europe)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
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Markus Reuter (Stick Men, Crimson ProjeKct, Tuner): touch guitars® U8, soundscapes
Stephan Thelen (Sonar): guitar
Bernhard Wagner (Sonar): guitar
Christian Kuntner (Sonar): bass guitar
Manuel Pasquinelli (Sonar): drums
Tobias Reber: live electronics
Perhaps sharing similar strands of the kind of polymetrical DNA that informed the interweaving knot-work of King Crimson’s Discipline, the pointillist components with Reuter’s pieces, interacting across the group, resembles a series of interlocking constellations whose orbits and traversals connect to create new variations and associations. Hypnotic and beguiling, the music comes with a guttural punch that’s felt as much as heard.
The music offers deep explorations between tension and release, between the gravitational pull of grooves and floating freefall in space. There’s contrast between stillness and grace next to the ever-changing motion.
Across the 70-minute album these pieces possesses the same metronomic intensity of groups such as Can in full-flight, in which intense, pulsating grooves are strafed by Reuter’s smouldering solos or wreathed in luminous clouds of soundscapes. Without recourse to showy grandstanding, his playing possesses a remarkable, unerring accuracy when it comes to finding the emotional heart of this music. Much like the sparse acuity of a haiku poem, when he plays Reuter understands that less is so often very much more.Media/Samples
The hypnotic quality dominating many of the pieces opens the possibility of trance states, of surrender, of losing yourself in the maze of interconnecting corridors and spaces.