Bohren & der Club of Gore started out as a Heavy Metal/Hardcore band, but then completely changed their style to something which is often referred to as Doom Jazz. People often mention Lynch, but really meaning some of the work composed by Angelo Badalamenti for Lynch works such as Twin Peaks, but also to some extent Lost Highway.
In a nutshell, the music on this album is something pretty rare, creating a dark, moody and brooding jazz sound, carried by a minimalistic use of the instruments (bass, drums played primarily with brushes, vibraphone and the leading saxophone).
How it feels? Picture yourself alone in the city displayed on the album cover, at the very moment of the sunset. It's cold, cars and fleeting faces are passing you by - everyone is rushing to get home before it goes completely dark. Then you hear the sound of that saxophone and everything starts happening in slow motion. You really want to get home but are captured by the sound and make your way into the darker corners of the city to find the source of this music. You are led to an abandoned industrial area and somehow manage to climb up onto the roof of the highest building. There, you find a lone saxophone player contemplating on the bigger picture of things through the sound of the sax. You dare not interrupt his playing and simply lie on your back staring at the dark sky, letting your mind run free. Even the cold cannot touch you now, as you are entirely wrapped up in your thoughts and the sound of the music.
....to be at your own, with your dearest, at home, in the car driving by night through wet cities, in bed, to fall asleep, to stay awake...to watch the rain fall / the snow fall... ... this is a record badalamenti never did...pure beauty...listen to this one! this is one you'll never regret you bought it!
very slow jazz, beautiful saxophones, nothing hectic at all...
There isn't a bad track on this album. Probably the best Bohren album to start with, for someone who has never heard them before. But whatever you think you're going to hear on this album is wrong. Nothing you can think of will prepare you for what is inside.
The first track "Prowler" sets the scene perfectly. Imagine the film-noir-esque tall, sultry woman in the red dress and high heels, running through the dark, wet alley, towards the back door of a building. Street lights flickering. Police sirens in the background. Steam rising from the gutters and pipes that snake across the exterior walls, through fire escapes and round corners. She enters, and opens the door to the private detective's office. The room, heavy, filled with smoke and bourbon sees the detective sleeping at his desk with his feet up. The woman softly says "Detective?", and the story begins...
Most probably in my top 3 albums ever... In fact, Im gonna listen to it right now. And when it's over, Im gonna listen to it again. So should you!
this is the first cd I bought, and I think that is not the last. ethereal atmospheres and ipnotice highlighted by the perfect use of the sax. listening mainly at night, perhaps in headphone walking at night in your city