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- Number of Discs: 1
- ASIN: B00000IN5C
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This album begins to make more sense after a listen to the "Matrix" EP (a collection of off-beat remixes from the likes of Covenant and Forma Tadre) as well as Myer and Samardzic's side projects. The duo's other projects have veered into the territory of drum and bass (Architect, Dots and Dashes), ambient (Newt, S'apex) and subtle EBM (Cleen).
From this eclectic range of influences, it becomes rapidly apparent how they have necessitated a need for change in the Haujobb sound, to meet with today's IDM standards. But any copycat or "treading the same path" skepticisms are completely shattered by the album's opener "Grounds": lush synthesized strings shimmer in amongst rushes of noise over syncopated drum rhythms...this is not background ambience by any manner of means!
"ninetynine" continues in this subtle, chilled out vibe for the next 10, primarily instrumental, tracks. But when vocals are featured - it's evident how far Daniel Myer's voice has come since the angry growls of "Homes and Gardens", he actually *sings* the dadaist lyrics, assisted on two tracks (the single "Less" and "Overflow") by Vanessa Briggs.
In all, this album will most likely disconcert anyone unfamiliar with the Haujobb side projects. However, a few focussed lsitenings will reveal that while not their heaviest release to date, is definately the most powerful.
If you wanted a replay of "Freeze Frame Reality" or "Homes And Gardens", this isn't it.
If you're looking for aggressive EBM, this isn't it either.
But if you want some truly beautiful minimal electronic music, this is a great palce to start.
Processed washes of sound, sparse rhythms, heavily modulated vocals and just general ambiences dominate this album. Songs and sounds float in and out of the stereo field. It's beautiful headphone chill-out music.
It's not especially catchy, though. Its sparseness makes for some wonderful sound and brilliant production, but the tracks do often lack hooks or melodic structures. Not ncessarily a bad thing, but if you were looking for something as catchy as "Journey Ahead", you're going to be surprised.
Speaking of surprises, the additional of female vocalist Vanessa Briggs adds an even more ethereal touch to the album, and highlights some of the most memorable tracks.
Cold, Spacy, brilliant. Just don't try to dance to it.
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