It’s been a while, however resurface.se is actually about music and all about music. It may be hard to believe, yet resurface.se is what is left of Electronic Desert. It always has been an it will continue to be so. Normally (this is actually the first time that it happens ever, there’s a first time for everything right) that I write about a release that I don’t actually own. It’s never happened before.
I’m not a reviewer. I don’t write about things that I don’t like and music is not an exception. I don’t see the point in writing about things negatively or things that does not matter to me. “Someone” once told me: critics are the ones who failed in their own field. I (may) concur fully. That would be design, art and architectural critics to begin with; I’m referring to the ones that do not in actuality produce anything at all and they’re closely related to: alla-kan-tralla*.
– Stop it, right now! Let’s get on with the business at hand will you not?
Max Kanding – Legebarn => The business end of things and no I’m not joking. Trust me… oh my Lord!
I really like this release for a number of reasons. It is filled with references including the Kandinsky (?) inspired album cover that I assume is by the artist. This “attitude” and interaction with the World is refreshing and necessary. The album is excellent and filled with reference/inspiration. They’re so many. It reminds me of something that I have never heard.
When you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.
Wilson Mizner, 1953
This could be by all means be a classic electronica album however it is not. Kanding uses four-to-the-floor in a way that I don’t think that I have ever heard before. The effect? It is not unheard of or unknown, however the combination? In my mind it is quite unique and that is what it sought after. I would have chosen a break, more complex rhythmic elements. Max Kanding chooses the straight “big” drum and it is an excellent choice!
You can never escape the elders; like Autechre or Aphex, yet in our culture you can still create/make something new. Max Kanding has done exactly that. The “old” techno-infused loved/hated four-to-the-floor fused with classical electronica is nothing but brilliant! It is excellent music. Production, mixing, execution? Digitally abused in the form of reduction (bandcamp is nothing but the best but reduced bit rate is still reduction), towering tall and proud. Bass is intact to my ears.
That is: L’usine, Bauri, Bergman. Elblaus, Rotterdam, Detroit, UK, Lueder, Kennedy, Pawalski, Electronic Desert and then some. It’s incredible! I salute the’! Live to fight another day.
I love this album. Best track? Tro, håb og techno – it just makes me happy and do we not all need that? I would release this yesterday. It could be 2003, exact and warm embracing bass propagating for an eternity. So, there is a future after all! Well done!
Is it a contender? For the best album of the year? Most definitely. That track and that title? I’m speechless. Come on!
Tro, håb og techno = Faith, hope and techno
* To someone: I did mention that I still love? I miss you…