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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Raster-Noton R~N 121
Release Year: 2010
Note: debut full-length album by this project from the NEUBAUTEN frontman & CARSTEN NICOLAI; incl. 16pp booklet
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"Raster-Noton presents the debut full-length album by ANBB, the collaborative project of electronic music composer/visual artist Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) and composer/voice artist Blixa Bargeld (also known as singer of Einstrzende Neubauten and guitarist of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds). Having been friends and admirers of each other's work for a long time, they decided to join forces to develop a musical concept based on the combination of improvisation and abstraction. The collaboration debuted at an impulsive live performance at Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco in September 2007, where the spontaneity of Blixa Bargeld's voice and the elaborate beat structures and soundscapes of Alva Noto merged to surprising and unexpected results. Rethinking traditional songs in their own special manner, they deliver an outstanding and inspiring musical blend of abstract electronics and radically altered traditional songs. On its ten tracks, Mimikry readopts two originals and two alternate versions of tracks from the duo's debut EP, Ret Marut Handshake (R-N 120EP), while introducing six brand new songs. Additionally, the album includes a guest vocal contribution from model/actress Veruschka (known for her appearance in Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 cult movie Blow-Up). Presented with a 16-page booklet that presents original text and drawings developed by Blixa Bargeld during the recordings." [label info]


"... I must say I am actually quite pleased with it. It bridges the gap between the clean cut beats of Noto and the 'pop' of Neubauten, both are there, but crossing over. Bargeld's singing is more like reading poetry, while Noto's music is less clear cut, more gritty and dirty. And some of these pieces show that Noto is capable of playing popmusic, such as in the short ballad like 'One' (a cover from Harry Nilsson), which is a prize winner, in the furious 'Once Again' or in the mild 'I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground'. Voices are layered at times, making it more dense and more sinister, full of pain, just as one would probably expect from Bargeld. This all seems to me a genuine collaboration, and not one for the cash or the fame, so whatever I was thinking was wrong. This is actually a great record. Great dark matter of intelligent pop music. The best of both worlds." [FdW/Vital Weekly]