on 12 June 2000
As one half of German duo Funkstörung, Michael Fakesch, who also officiate as one half of head of electronica label Musik Aus Strom, released his solo album at the end of 1999. Described as a German equivalent to Autechre, Funkstörung take their influences from the hip-hop culture as well as from electro pioneers Kraftwerk. Marion is not dissimilar to the duo's Appetite For Disctruction. The music is very complex and abstract. Melodies are presented in their most minimal form, beats are aggressive and distorted, and sounds are like no others. Unlike Appetite..., there is no human intervention here, other than Fakesch himself. No voices, so songs, nothing. Marion is an instrumental record. The music is like a machine, tirelessly doing the same thing over and over. It doesn't evolve much, doesn't mutate. And that's probably the biggest difference between Fakesch and Autechre. Nevertheless, Marion, like Appetite..., remains an excellent electronica record.