Kammerflimmer Kollektief
Label ©  Temporary Residence
Release Year  2003
Length  42:41
Genre  Electronica
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  K-0065
Bitrate  192 Kbps
    Track Listing:
      Neumond inselhin   (Tom Weber
      Sie tranken Regen   (Heike Aumüller
      Uber die Wasserscheide   (Heike Aumüller/Tom Weber
      Blood   (Annette Peacock
      ...denn Nacht ist jetzt schon bald!  
      Sie tranken Regen (Version)   (Christopher Burnner/Dietrich Foth/Heike Aumüller/Heike Wendelin/Johannes Fritzch/Tom Weber
      Mantra   (Tom Weber
      Eiderdaunen (gerupft)   (Tom Weber
      Irgendwann: Fruhling   (Christopher Brunner/Dietrich Foth/Heike Wendelin/Johannes Fritzch/Tom Weber
      "There's a weight on you, but you can't feel it."  
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      Review by Charles Spano

      Cicadidae is the natural outcome of Kammerflimmer Kollektief's evolution from a hybrid jazz electronic outfit to experimental improvisers and finds the band actually playing as a band with brass and string instruments, electronics, drums, and keyboards. It makes Kammerflimmer a sort of Black Dice for downtempo ambient music -- while their lush, tweaked sounds (and decidedly warm tones) are similar to both Four Tet and Manitoba, the songs on Cicadidae have a much looser rock feeling. Take "Neumond Inselhin," which starts the album off with a gentle ticking, gurgling, and chiming that turns to a genuine string melody and then a subtly buzzing cacophony. The song doesn't so much evolve from one phase to the other as it just sort of dances back and forth, like insects in the moonlight on a summer night (hence the cicadas). There's a remarkable range to the music that conjures Kammerflimmer's dreamy surrealism -- from the Múm-esque chimes of "Blood" to the clearly Western-inspired (and somewhat caustic) "...Denn Nacht Ist Jetzt Schon Bald!" (Ennio Morricone meets Steve Reich?). It's this openness and spontaneity that makes Kammerflimmer Kollektief's music so thrilling -- after all, the very next track is a Björk-ian dark pop song, followed by a spare, techno jazz groove on "Mantra." Kammerflimmer's ideas are so original that they may seem far-flung to those uninitiated with experimental music, but their delivery is so inviting and hypnotic that it makes Cicadidae unusually accessible.
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