On Plus Forty Seven Degrees 56' 37" Minus Sixteen Degrees 51' 08, Fennesz is concerned with creating extremely dense and enveloping sound textures, essentially forgoing rhythmic or melodic development. The CD comes in an impressive cardboard slipcase adorned with photographs of nature colliding with technology, and a similar aesthetic prevails in the music. Fennesz seems interested in exploring electronic sound at an almost a molecular level, and the result is a complex, organic, and at times very beautiful noise. "Track 5" (there are no song titles) is the most challenging music here, consisting of deep, almost cello-like drones intertwined with extremely harsh static. There is a palpable tension between the two elements on this track that might remind some of a more avant-garde and (it must be said) abrasive version of My Bloody Valentine. "Track 4" displays Fennesz' virtuosity with microtonal manipulation, as tiny fragments of sound, possibly sampled guitar harmonics, seem to vibrate in place and undergo subtle variations with time. "Track 7" may incorporate some sort of field recordings into the mix, as atmospheric, industrial noises are blended with jarring guitar distortion. An interest in noise music is necessary, but those so inclined will find Plus Forty Seven Degrees 56' 37" Minus Sixteen Degrees 51' 08" to be a challenging and rewarding album of abstract beauty.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Richardson