Demdike Stare have returned with a full length release over four years after their last with a quietly radical shift in sound. After exploring all the hidden spaces beneath the world of techno, they seem to have finally let some light in.
Wonderland is a revelation from any direction, surprising longtime fans and cracking open unexplored depths for the uninitiated. The timing couldn’t be better: this album hits an apocalyptic fever pitch right as 2016 winds to its dystopian end.
I love finding an album that can be experienced like a hot bath. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of discovering a new piece of music that I know I’ll be luxuriating inside for the next few weeks.
Lunaria has made one of the finest examples of this type of album that I’ve ever heard. Naturally, I had to ask all about it.
I’m leaving the country for a bit. I promise it’s not because of the election. I’m just lucky, I suppose. I’m going to be in Ireland.
I probably won’t be able to post much, but I’ll be writing the whole time. I seem to write more when I’m away from the internet. But maybe it just feels like it.
The last time I left the country, I spent the flight back home writing about what David Bowie means to me. I’d just heard that he died and spent breakfast on the verge of tears before having to get on a plane. It felt like an appropriately cold reintroduction to my home.
This time, I’m hoping for a little less turbulence. If things take a turn for the worse, maybe Ireland will let me stay. Either way, I’ll be writing again soon. In the meantime, I’ll probably update on Twitter or Facebook.
Bye for now!
When you’ve been deeply lost in the world of techno for years, it takes something really special to capture your imagination, hooking you for days, even weeks on end. Omonimo is one of those rare creations, a unified set of tunes that immediately leapt into the pantheon of great techno albums.
When Juan Atkins and Moritz Von Oswald hooked up for a joint album in 2013, it seemed like a weird dream, the answer to an unasked question. These two legends seemed so far apart, physically and musically, yet somehow produced low-key dub techno magic.
Now they’re back with a followup that seems to strike an even better balance of their respective styles. It’s called Transport.
I say this with no reservation: Steve Hauschildt is one of the most creatively generous artists working in electronic music today. His work is utterly timeless, unmoored from trends and familiar signposts alike. On his latest album, Strands, he seamlessly blends the entire spectrum of dreamy synthesizer music into a breathless futuristic rush.
I just keep coming back to this little three song EP and I finally realized why. So I wrote about it because more people need to get familiar with Project Pablo.