The Scientific Contrast
The Scientific Contrast is the debut release from mysterious German producers Kibbee Theodore and Bernd Hamblin, and the 11th release from The Remote Viewer-curated imprint, Moteer. With this record, the "Moteer sound" takes a more electronic turn, harking back to the early days of labels like City Centre Offices and Morr Music. It's clear that The Remote Viewer's first album has been a strong influence here, as well as the earlier albums from people like Static. But without simply re-using the hooks and tricks of the past, Theodore and Hamblin coat everything in a layer of warm and homey goodness that is unquestionably fresh and undoubtedly Moteer. Over its twelve tracks, The Scientific Contrast is varied at the same time as being cohesive, from the four-on-the-floor danceability of "Hernd" to the fuzzy ambience of "Mndel," each song is full of unexpected turns and subtleties. The child-like digital chimes of "Balmpe" will take you back to a time of innocence; of long school holidays and scraped knees, of Casio keyboards and Speak-and-Spells. The music on display here softly and gently moves into your psyche to calm your aching bones and relax you after a long day. Theodore and Hamblin have found themselves a spiritual home at Moteer; fitting perfectly with the label's penchant for hushed and delicate releases, with the duo's nostalgic and naive sound never falling into the realms of kitsch. After the success of other Moteer acts such as The Boats or Clickits, this release is bound to appeal to fans of the aforementioned artists as well as anyone else who is interested in introspective music full of mystery and fragility.