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GOEM - Robbed

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Small Voices SVR07023
Release Year: 2007
Note: nicely textured gatefold / cardboard-cover
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00

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"In the hectic year 2001, Goem played around the world: at Mutek, in Japan, England, Austria, the UK, Spain, France and in between they worked on their 'Abri' CD, which was released later in 2001. Also they organised the 'Gast' CD, with various people (Matmos, Taylor Deupree, Richard Chartier etc.) at the controls of Goem equipment. For the constant changing minds of Goem these activities were also marking the end of an era. The working methods of Goem had been well explored and nothing needed to be added. In the year 2002 they produced a three minute sound piece for an installation and after that: silence. With Peter Duimelinks and Roel Meelkop in Rotterdam and Frans de Waard in Nijmegen it was not very easy to meet up, also due to their personal busy schedules. Still, in early 2004 Roel Meelkop and Frans de Waard recorded a remix of Esplendor Geometrico and Peter Duimelinks and Frans de Waard a 10" record for Auf Abwegen. Frans de Waard also recorded eleven new tracks as Goem for the Japanese Atak label. Expanding on the known concept, he now incorporated breaks in the music and some tracks do not rely on samples but on pure synthesizer tones. This record breaks away from the old Goem and walks new paths. Now it's Roel Meelkop who recorded 10 new Goem tracks, shedding light on his view of the way to go for Goem. All tracks are entirely based on stolen samples (the source should remain a mystery, but they can all be traced back to one CD...). With these samples Meelkop shows that Goem could walk other paths as well. Sometimes really minimal, sometimes almost poppy, all of the tracks share the same Goem style. Yet more possibilities for this Dutch trio... Goem as a trio will continue to exist and might record new material in the future." [label info]

"... The overall sound is of remarkable digital warmth and fullness, and far away from the standard vocabulary of clicks cum sine waves. Cleverly switching between up- and down-tempo passages, Roel Meelkop achieves a nice balance between various moods. Some of the tracks evoke a relaxed, at times even dub-like feeling, while others include odd contrasting elements, which give them an insistent, driving character. Goem's music is well structured and demands repeated listening to discover the complex micro-variations within the rhythmic patterns; but what makes 'Robbed' truly likeable is that it succeeds in blending these characteristics with a swinging, thoroughly pleasant overall atmosphere." [MSS / Vital Weekly]