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Difficult but rewarding,
This review is from: Horizontal Structures (Audio CD)
"Horizontal Structures" consists of four long ambient instrumental acoustic tracks made by three techno artists. But it's not techno. It has similarities with jazz ("On the Corner" Miles and "Ascension" Coltrane), so-called Krautrock (Neu! and Tangerine Dream), but there are also shadows of the work of more contemporary musicians (early Blue Nile, The Orb, Durutti Column and Eric Serra, not to mention Moritz Von Oswald's own Basic Channel as well, of course). If you like at least some of the aforementioned artists then you should give this a go.
It's probably not going to grab you on first listen, but repeated listening reveals a wealth of ideas - most of them way back, deep in the mix (and not to detract from the musicians, but a lot of this is about the mix). It's perhaps more accessible then the first MvO Trio LP ("Vertical Ascent") - this may have something to do with the presence of guitar this time around - and perhaps moodier-sounding too. This must be what rainy Tuesday afternoons in Berlin sound like.
It's reassuring to know that genuinely experimental and new forms of music are still being made in the 21st century. Quite possibly a future classic.