Pop Ambient 2011


Kompakt's beloved Pop Ambient series returns for the year 2011. This is the label's other arena of bliss -- always curated and carefully compiled by label co-owner Wolfgang Voigt (aka Gas). Somber times call for more introspective soundscapes -- Pop Ambient 2011 continues its mission to slowly persuade its signature sound introduced over a decade ago. In 2011, Kompakt sees the series leaning towards a slightly darker complexion than its predecessors. It launches with a selection from one of Voigt's favorite albums of 2010 -- the impeccable "Bernsteinzimmer" from ANBB aka Carsten Nicolai/Alva Noto from Raster Noton and the legendary Blixa Bargeld of Einstürzende Neubauten. Marsen Jules brings classical composition to soothing synthetic reality with "Once In A Moment." Triola is the ambient voice of legendary Cologne producer Jörg Burger aka The Modernist. If compared to the melancholic but soothing and light Triola signature-sound, "Dunkelraum" ("Darkroom") is rather dark and epic. Wolfgang Voigt chooses to remain unveiled this year as he presents an exclusive track on Pop Ambient 2011. "Rückverzauberung 1" illustrates his new Profan concept. Emotive, Gas-eous harmony that glows and leaves you wanting more. Bhutan Tiger Rescue is the surprising duo of October and Ewan Pearson. They debut with a sleighbell melodic drone tune that ominously breaks down in a sea of noise. Kompakt co-founder Jürgen Paape recalls the vintage beauty of Ambient 4 Eno together with compelling vocals and horns to soothe the way. Bvdub is one of today's most revered musicians and Kompakt is pleased to welcome him back with his seemingly endless layers of depth. Kompakt's own John Harten aka Crato could be Pop Ambient's answer to black metal -- a most unholy matrimony but exceptionally executed! Fellow Cologne conspirator Daniel Ansorge aka Barnt made waves in 2010 with his debut on the Magazine imprint alongside Crato and takes the sound of the chime to astounding levels. Mikkel Metal of Copenhagen returns after a very successful run of releases on Echocord, contributing a masterful synth-pop excursion. Jens-Uwe Beyer may be known to many as Popnoname and has remained a highlight of past editions of Pop Ambient. This year, he thrills us with a guitar treatment with "Volax" -- sincerely Beyer's, he evokes a talent not unlike Tim Hecker. Finally, Kompakt leaves you with a production of epic proportions. In October, 2010, The Orb's own Thomas Fehlmann performed together with select members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. Kompakt presents an exclusive, alternative Fehlmann "solo" take of "Symphony No. 1" aka "Titan" by Gustav Mahler. The Pop Ambient 2011 version is an exclusive solo version of this classical recording.