This release from 2006 offers 80 minutes of relentless electronic music. This is the first release in the "Analog Overdose" series, and Thomas Fanger and Mario Schönwälder are joined by Lutz Ulbrich (from Ashra) on guitar on three of the eight tracks. Fanger and Schönwälder excel at creating elaborate recordings that employ slow-burn accretion to achieve languid structures of liquid sound, compositions (often generated via live improvisation) that utilize ambient stretches as routes to epic passages of emotional passion. With this release, the guys have sidestepped those long intros, diving right into the pinnacle meat. Lively patterns are swiftly established, then embellished into sparkling EM gems replete with vigorous pulsations and softly thumping beats. A delightful array of keyboard riffs constitute the majority of these cycles, twinkling chords that chug alongside dreamily vibrant tonalities. Sweeping textures dip out of the sky, peppered with energetic loops of luxurious disposition. The trio of pieces featuring Ulbrich display even more animation as his space guitar slides into the mix with exhilarating results. While the electronics set up a ricochet chorus, the slippery guitar provides a mercurial counterpoint which undulates with creative abandon, producing ecstatic consequences. Sonic satisfaction runs high in these tracks. While a few of the pieces employ slow-building preambles, the pay off is diligent and rewarding as the steadfast structures merge and combine into lavish edifices of heavenly scope. The last track on the CD is a 24 minute piece recorded live in Berlin at Petrus Church on March 30, 2001. Here, the prologue delivers the audience into a panorama of thrilling pulsations seasoned with urgent resonance and pittering electronic rhythms. Auxiliary riffs effortlessly slide into the mix, increasing the density with elaborately fashioned variations of incredible beauty.
Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity