Monday, December 19, 2005

#8

Bohren & Der Club of Gore "Geisterfaust" (Wonder)

don't let the name confuse you. this music may be ominous, but it's not gory. there's a lot of space and repetition, the tempo creeping along in a morton feldman kind of fashion. the instrumentation suggests jazz: upright bass, brushed drums, fender rhodes, saxophone. the five pieces are named after the five fingers, but they don't come in that order. the best way i've found so far to hear this music is to ride a bike through warehouse neighborhoods after everyone has gone to sleep, coasting as much as possible. i'm reminded of all the things i liked about the first Low record, and of why Reinbert de Leeuw is my favorite pianist for Satie's music. . . the chords are left hanging in the air like those hallucinatory sounds you think you hear just before falling asleep. the constant suspense. something hiding behind the door. quiet as a mouse.

3 Comments:

Blogger ben said...

i've been meaning to get this album since you shared a couple of songs with me over the last year. Perhaps i'll have enough scratch post-christmas to make it happen.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

those songs i shared were actually from their previous album 'black earth,' which i might like even more than this one. i'd say you were safe purchasing anything you can find by them. and scratch. . . tell me about it. what my life needs: less itch, more scratch.

12:45 AM  
Blogger ben said...

i just recieved "black earth" in the mail and it's quite good. I'm sure i'll check this album out later this year when i have more money at my disposal. thanks for introducing it to me.

12:31 PM  

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