Konsul Gnadenwalze – Aššur & Cyclades

9 Production
10 Composition
8 Mood
8 Instrumentation

I find it to my liking that I listen to musicians who live and produce their music in the same city as I live in. I believe artists get directly or indirectly influenced by the city they live in, be it the  city itself, or the music/art scene of that city. Now that I live in Linz, I tend to favor local artists a bit over other artists. And when I discovered about the new album of Konsul Gnadenwalze, namely Aššur & Cyclades, through the local record label Symbiotic Cube, I was excited to give it a go. I am very surprised by what I found.

This album is good. There isn’t much to put into it. And trust me, I may be subjective, but my opinion doesn’t have much to do with me favoring a local band over others or anything. There aren’t many albums that I listen over and over again without getting tired of it after a while. I usually switch to something else after the second time, and listen to it another time. But this stuff made me addicted to it.

RELEASE DATE: 17 December 2014 LABEL: Symbiotic Cube 

The album is amazing as a whole. With its artwork, design and everything else along with the music, is like an enchantment that keeps you under its spell; from the minimalistic design to the font used on the back cover and to the artwork. They already make you wonder about what awaits you within. The tracks don’t have fancy names. They go I-II-III-IV-V with roman numbers. And maybe it’s this simplicity that makes the quality more visible (or audible for that matter).

I don’t want to go over the album track by track, because I believe those separations are more like rough indications for slight mood changes in the album (For other geeks: like inflection points in analytical geometry). The tracks usually have a rhythmic pattern that keeps on going, usually with those deep kicks that you would feel in your guts at a live concert. The occasional grainy ambient noises, like those in the first track, the rain-like sound and the tape hiss; they all spice up the composition. Glitches and samples provide a rather experimental feel, which I totally enjoy listening to.

After listening to the album for the fourth time, I still have some trouble with identifying the tracks one by one and I rather have favorite parts in the album in general. The tracks fit together so perfectly that you get lost in the flow and don’t think about where a track ends and where the next one starts, but rather focus on the music and let your mind move with it.

This album is perfect for anyone who enjoys experimental, electronic music with juicy beats and futuristic sounds and glitches – and just the right amount of them. As I said I don’t want to favor any track over another, so I would suggest you to start from I and let the album play on.

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