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The Bum That Will Bring Us Together
"It has been almost four years since the release of
, so it's fitting that Andreas Tilliander returns to Type with a contribution to the ongoing 7" series. And what a contribution -- these two tracks show Tilliander's transition from digital to analogue as he casts off the digital demons of his past to craft two tape recorded shoegazing epics which revel in glacial Scandinavian beauty. Like Sigur Ros as realised by Basic Channel or My Bloody Valentine piped through decomposing, hotwired synthesizers this is an uncompromising blend of styles, but has a grounding in good old fashioned melancholic pop, even down to the Smiths-referencing track titles. While the bubbling ambient dub and glitchy minimalism of his previous work might now be all but an echo, the sentiment and skill is still present throughout and when Tilliander strikes the guitar triumphantly on 'I Was her My 15th 1995' all misgivings are thrown out of an open window. This is Mokira re-wired and re-imagined for 2007."
The is the second full-length release by Sweden's
for the Type label. It's hard to believe that five years have passed since the release of
, Tilliander's first outing on the Type label.
marked the final stage in Andreas' development as a "laptop" artist, and since then he has collected synthesizer upon synthesizer and enough tape to make the boys in Berlin jealous. Ditching the zeroes and ones, Andreas set about piecing together a follow-up to
and constructing it entirely in the analog realm; the warming hiss of tape, the decomposing buzz of a monosynth, and the nostalgic twitch of the Roland TB303. There might be a love of all things "kosmiche" once more, but it would be facile to label
as such. Sure, Andreas has heard his fair share of
records, but his sound is just as rooted in psychedelic rock and even
-era dub techno as Germanic ambience. Just listen to the thick, pulsating ode to
, "Oscillations And Tremolo," and you quickly realize that you are not merely listening to
. Half-heard rhythms and familiar TB303 bass pulses drag us in and out of a hinted-at Basic Channel-axis production on "Valla Torg Kraut" while a fairground jangle drives us through "Ode To The Ode To The Street Hassle." Something in there is blissful, almost beautiful, but it is hidden below thick layers of tape hiss and crumbling circuit boards.
is a mature, confident and engaging experience -- the product of a veteran electronic musician producing music that comes naturally to him. As the
film of the same name suggests, it might be Andreas Tilliander's most revealing record to date. A stunning collection of modern electronic music.
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