Sunday, March 3, 2013

Voigt & Voigt Die Zauberbafte Welt Der Anderen [Kompakt, 2013]

The argument for the parameters of techno is an unwinnable one, especially when you have the brother duo Wolfgang and Reinhard Voigt pushing the same boundaries they had a hand in setting. "The Magical World of Others" or Die zauberhafte Welt der Anderen is a humorous and unsettling journey into experimental techno, or something of that ilk. There is no neutrality to this sound, you will either enjoy their odd brand or will pass it off as pretentious. Their sizable section of samples seems to illustrate a story of sorts, one that probably exists only in the heads of its creators. Stylistically, the album incorporates a few breathers, including the electronic smooth jazz “Sozial”, the Eastern drone “Akira”, the Old EBM style of "Triplychon Nummer 7," or the haunted bass/bell crawl of “Die Glocke (Endstation Wiener Platz).” “Intro Konig” is a brilliantly bizarre ambient piece that acts as the intro to the album and can easily stand on its own two feet. Unfortunately for these two, I felt their individual catalogs are more immersive than their collaborative work. Instead of augmenting each other’s style, I feel as though they slightly detract from one other. It is a wonderful attempt and a reasonable introduction to the rest of their sound if you’re interested. Recommended: ALL

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