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COPH NIA / MINDSPAWN - Erotomechaniks II

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Raubbau RAUB-047
Release Year: 2016
Note: 10 years after "Erotomechaniks I" here comes the 2nd part, with the overall theme "machinery meets eroticism" again: like being struck in a H.R. GIGER painting, COPH NIA and MINDSPAWN create machine-like/mechanical industrial sounds with an organic overflow, something lives inside these machines, melancholic parts appear and heavy drone eruptions and sound earthquakes... great album !
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raubbau is delighted to present this transatlantic collaboration, sequel to the enormously well-received, yet regrettably rare first part of 2005.
“erotomechaniks II” is a dark ambient delicacy in seven parts, all very concise tracks with a defined structure, never getting lost in sound as
such. the overall subject matter is perfectly specified by the title: the meeting of machinery with eroticism, of precision with yearning, of industrial
with human sounds.
it was after his occult pop masterpiece “lashtal lace” in 2014 that mikael aldén aka coph nia felt a certain creative drain, so obviously he turned
away from the song structures and emotional range of said album and sought to return to what is his own roots as well as his shared history of
dark ambient industrial with us-based artist mindspawn: gene williams is a recognized multifaceted visual and musical artist, as much a
seasoned producer (active since around 1980) as he is obscure. the combination of these two creative minds makes for the special tension of
their collaborative work. “erotomechaniks I” was one of those albums that were received with rave reviews and enormous enthusiasm, but
never found the wide audience it might have deserved due to the limited nature of its release. now, with a definite resurgence of interest in that
particular style, it’s the perfect time for erotomechaniks II.
it’s from the very first hum of “hive mechanics” that the listener feels a fragile comfort, an inescapable enchantment to the otherworld, before the
antagonistic metal scrapes set in – and from there the trademark dualism of the album perseveres: the continued clash of the carnal with the
constructed. erotomechaniks II is perfectly balanced, with the industrial sounds never pushing towards overt aggression, and the human
sounds - like the subtle moans in “lust transformer” - never diverting the abstract nature of the album. all of the tracks clock in around the sevenminute-
mark and build an intriguing suspense; that, combined with the sublime sound design, makes erotomechaniks II a prime choice for the
dark ambient massive.