The Gigantic Night
"In 1999 Turismo released the 'Simulation EP'. The name of the project and certain song titles clearly suggested one thing: These boys have had enough -- they want to get away, they want to leave for 'Odessa' or some simulated reality, no matter how that simulation is achieved (a computer isn't ALWAYS necessary). 'Longing' is the key word -- for a mountain world ('[Damals] Im Schnee') or for a cheekily copied fantasy version of the Far East ('Akihabara'). Such destinations are less distant in 2002, partly because the general mood has become darker. While in '99 the main emphasis was on minimal electro (we'll call it that in retrospect), in 2002 it's abstract down-tempo tracks that frame the album and lead it into The Gigantic Night. That was always the best hiding place -- the actual environment, or at least the local bar. By the way, the title (and also the tracks 'Tsugumi' and 'Discogefühl') is a reference to Banana Yoshimoto, whose protagonists also appreciate the protective warmth and the all-enveloping density of darkness. Pop somewhere in the nameless genre-land between abstract beats, Massive Attack's best instrumental moments, Clicks'n'Cuts and minimal techno-house. Yes, there is one 'straight' beat -- on 'Discogefühl' of course. Turismo are Jin Choi & Mathias Schaffhäuser."