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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Editions Mego 103
Release Year: 2010
Note: NEW studio recordings made 2009 by this trio of CHRISTIAN FENNESZ, JIM O'ROURKE & PETER REHBERG
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"Written and performed by Christian Fennesz, Jim O'Rourke & Peter Rehberg. Recorded and mixed at Studio GOK Sound, Tokyo, October 2009. Mastered at Piethopraxis, Kцln, December 2009. 'Thats right, they're back! After a hiatus of almost 9 years the legendary trio of Christian Fennesz, Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg have returned with a new studio album. Technically the first studio album as previous releases were edits of live performances. They spent a week in Studio GOK Sound, Tokyo to lay down some stunning electronic works. Whereas previously the emphasis was on a chaotic blend of found samples mangled through their mobile computing systems to create a humorous oddball sound, 'in stereo' implements a more wider instrumental palette of analogue & digital synthesis, guitar, piano, bass and percussion. What they do maintain is the ability to make a near psychedelic audio blend where its impossible to determine who does what. Released as CD digipack and gatefold double vinyl which features an extra slice of classic fenn O'Berg magic beauty. 'in stereo' ...for you." [label info]


"Is there something that you really want? That one coming release that excites you very much? In the world of reviewers: hardly. There is tons of music coming out every week, and everything is examined carefully (we do out best). But sometimes there is a release coming which even excites the overloaded reviewer. Say a new album by Christian Fennesz, Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg, who work as Fenn O'berg. They released two albums almost a decade ago, classic works of computerized madness, culled from live shows. Mayhem, plunderphonics, laptop a gogo (recently re-issued as double CD - see Vital Weekly 685). Workload was also heavy for these musicians, always touring, recording, touring and recording. In October of last year they meet up again, for a week, in Tokyo, to sit together and record their first studio album. Six tracks and what a difference from the previous two. Its no longer laptop madness, but a fine blend of that with analogue sound material, guitar, piano, bass and
percussion. I must admit its not easy to spot these instruments in these pieces. The music has changed though. Its not a wild and vivid collage of sound, but more concentrated efforts of sound, more composed than improvised. I think they laid down all the various sounds in an improvised form and then mixed it together into quite dense music, which has partly an ambient character (in a rather unique way) and also a strangely psychedelic atmosphere. Sometimes the computer processed sounds play a role, such as in 'Part VII', but by and large its not easy to spot here. Its an excellent release, I must say. Especially the first four tracks are great here, where they really go out into their own form of psychedelic music. 'Part III', the opening of the CD is perhaps the standout track of the CD. An excellent release, as said, well worth waiting so long for, but let's hope the next one will come sooner."
[FdW / Vital Weekly]