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1 Oct 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 2010
  • Label: Raster-Noton
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 Raster-Noton
  • Total Length: 52:40
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  • ASIN: B0042NWTOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,061 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's not an easy listen but it's good!
It's only just of this world in fact.
'Mimikry' is a challenge. No doubt about it!

This Carsten Nickolai (aka Alva Noto)/Blixa Bargeld
collaboration under their ANBB banner is dangerous.
Both gentlemen, with the assistance of frantic
friend Veruschka delivering vocals on two tracks,
whip up a maelstrom of fractured, discordant and
disquieting sounds which work on our senses from the
inside out. It's not always a pleasant experience.
Sometimes they bang our heads against an iron door
screaming "LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!"; at other moments
they walk quietly behind us hiding in our shadow and
whispering sour-somethings in our ear.

The first two minutes of opening track 'Fall' is a
multi-layered Veruschka screamathon (picture bruised indigo
clouds hurtling across a barren volcanic landscape) which
subsequently disolves into a fragmented spoken narrative
played out against a backdrop of ticking, creaking and
screeching uncertainty. The more gentle and rhythmically
coherent piano-led coda offers a brief but uneasy respite.
A Weimar cabaret nightmare for the end of the world.

'Once Again' isn't an easy ride either. A insane tap dancing
ritual choreographed by Hieronymus Bosch and David Lynch.
A garden of ghastly (rather than heavenly) delights.
The poison running through its dark veins is palpable!

By contrast 'One' is positively calm in comparison.
(As in calm but no-less sinister!) A sonar beat pins
down this very chilly reimagining of Harry Nilsson's
song 'One' from his 1968 album 'Aerial Ballet.
In this case one is, indeed, the loneliest number!
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sounds like a later Neubauten release. You would be hard pressed to tell the difference, except it is more synth based and less percussive. Blixa has not sold his soul for lucre, at least not musically and artistically. Here he experiments as before, with beats, techniques and vibrations, a siren to his soul. It is unsettling if you are not used to the avant garde, however it has a melodic ambience to its patterns, as it lilts gently in the background disturbing the quiet peace with the high pitched screams of ghouls that meld into the scream of synths. Turn it up and it becomes a soundtrack to a nightmare.

Hypnotic as a fob watch pendulum, clasped by a 19th Century physician this takes a few listens for the abrasions to ease their way in, then you will be hit, and turned into an acolyte for the duration. It is a very good album, multi layered, delivered as a high intensity but also getting down low, into a very quiet sense of raw power. Built as a big coiled spring about to break, under full compression. This is up there, when it explodes with the best of Neubauten.

Come a long way since Kollaps, but unlike some of their peers, Neubauten and Blixa never watered their vision, they have only matured it, distilled the essence and poured it into a premium Kummerling.
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Collaborations between two established musicians with their own defined sonic aesthetics are intriguing affairs. It's hard not to imagine the results beforehand in your own mind - a collision of styles and ideas thrown together. Blixa Bargeld, whose chromatic career has spanned Einsturzende Neubauten and the Bad Seeds, is one of the more colourful and individual characters in music - a man with a thousand experiences and tales that he delivers with a rasping, yet oddly golden voice. I don't think that there is a man alive that can make the german language both frightening and deliciously succulent at the same time. He brings his own unique vocal talents to a project that the austere, shadowy Carsten Nicolai provides musical accompaniment to. As one might expect from him, this album is full of throbbing hums, hisses and polarised, intense bursts of sound.

Mimikry was born out of several collaborations between the two from 2007 onwards. Given the relative simplicity of the arrangements, it's not hard to spot that these songs (with several being covers) were somewhat improvised, yet what leaps out after a few listens is the rich emotional tapestry that Bargeld weaves into Nicolai's music. The Raster-Noton head honcho has made his name by producing material that is at times almost academic, concentrating on producing a soundworld full of angular lines, arcs and waves of carefully controlled distortion. Whilst it's not hard to be enthralled by the intensity of this very black and white sonic landscape at times, it lacks for want of a more sophisticated term, a human touch. Like Uwe Schmidt's album last year, more palpable emotional content lifts these works out of the self-obsessed area that this little-criticised label inhabits at times.
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