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MAROW - +-0

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Mille Plateaux MP 308
Release Year: 2011
Note: subtle, pulsing neo chill-out electronics from Berlin on the re-established MILLE PLATEAUX label, minimal & meditative stuff, perfect rhythmic & trancy ambience
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"... Yes, this album has tracks with a 4/4 beat, but it is still far from being commercial or club music. However, the subtle melodies, the distinct Marow sound and the crystal-clear production make +-0 (pronounced: "Plus Minus Null") a pleasure to listen to even for advanced listeners. Mille Plateaux's A&R Marcus Gabler continues to follow his idea of "more substance by more musicality." A must for Yagya, Monolake or Thinner label fans." [label info]

"Intrigue in subtlety: A pendulum between active and passive listening.

Plus Minus Null, he newest album by the Berlin-based electronic group Marow is the sort of perfectly chilled-out fare that accompanies late solitary evenings or a post-club car ride home. Glossy synth pads swell over minimalist, glitch-y electronic beats. Old school hip-hop samples chirp around four-to-the-floor house beats and lounge-y keyboard figures. Clicking metallic rhythms and digital blips move antiphonally around slowly oscillating space-age synth sounds. While the records quiet subtleties make for ideal mood music, its depth of color and texture bring you back for repeated listens.

Plus Minus Null is first and foremost atmosphere music. Theres little in the way of melody or harmonic motion over the course of the records thirteen songs. Instead, the music is built on meditative repetitions and stripped down production touches that occasionally touch on classical minimalism la Steve Reich. Thats not to say that theres nothing going on hererather, the musics intrigue is in its subtlety: the faint vocal samples in prfix, the simulated mallet percussion of schweif, the huffing synth pops of substrativ. eis (long) is an intoxicating cloud of windchimes and floating keyboard pulses. Repeated listens to the mesmerizing e.coli (rmx) reveal ever-emerging layers and sonic colors.

Plus Minus Null is best ingested as a whole. The songs flow seamlessly into one another, making for a meditative suite that pendulums the listener between active and passive listening. At some points, the music seeps so far into the background that its easy to forget its even there. But then or a subtle shift in texture or rhythm brings you back to reveal a new, quietly engaging element of depth and color." [Hannis Brown / Tokafi]