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ARTIST
TITLE
Paraport
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
CCO 036CD CCO 036CD
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RELEASE DATE
2/20/2007

This is Berlin-based Denzel & Huhn's third release on City Centre Offices. After the broken minimalism of Filet and the monochrome soundscapes of Time Is A Good Thing, Paraport continues to push their work into more complex avenues where shattered compositions are recast as lush and emotive sonic diktats. Originally playing music as part of a loose collective that included members of To Rococo Rot and Tarwater, Bertram Denzel and Erik Huhn came to the attention of City Centre Offices when their CD was passed onto the label by the Lippok brothers. Combining a rich musical genealogy, as well as playing in Ornament & Verbrechen, Denzel & Huhn have worked on numerous soundtrack projects that fully utilize their ability to focus grand sonic gestures into intimately realized aural dissertations that don't confuse a sense of scale with a lack of tacit emotions. Paraport opens through a tide of surging strings on "Kleiner Bruder," a song that is brought into startling clarity through a tender acoustic guitar melody that carbonates the digitalis with a warmth that is hard to categorize. Paraport also ably balances the insistent electronic insects of "Targo" with an ebbing backdrop of blossoming atmospherics that is utterly beguiling and totally addictive. Avoiding the studious air of academia that can often pervade these types of projects, the likes of "Karlsruhe" and its malfunctioning cinematics, the caustic rhythmical aesthetics of "Dorian," and "Lope"'s creamy analog bubbles all have an ease of stature which belies their creators' understanding of texture, balance and production skills. Encompassing a spectrum of styles which invites comparisons with everyone from Jan Jelinek and Johann Johannsson, through to Pole and Fennesz, Denzel & Huhn have delivered a record that maintains a firm cohesive thread throughout without constraining the boundaries of their creativity. Grainy, opaque and beautifully detailed, Paraport is a record that requires no border controls.