Various Artists

Alone, Life Wastes Andy Hardy

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The predicament of this CD is an obscure experimental film from 1996 by Martin Arnold, titled Alone, Life Wastes Andy Hardy. Some of the most prominent names (and a couple of lesser-known artists) of the turn-of-the-century experimental electronic music scene were recruited by the small label Aperstaartje to revisit the film's soundtrack. It is hard to assess what the source material sounded like: The seven contributions share a similar atmosphere, colors, and sound palette, but is it really because of the common source, or does it simply reflect a similar aesthetic? In general, there is not so much ground to cross to go from the universes of Fennesz to Steve Roden, especially when Akira Rabelais and Pimmon intervene in the process. Nevertheless, Alone, Life Wastes Andy Hardy makes a very strong compilation. The fact that all artists focused on the same material results in a homogenous mood, very ambient, meditative. Fennesz is the best-known artist here, so opening the CD naturally fell on his shoulders. His "Green" sounds a bit insincere. More interesting are Anderegg and n/a's contributions. Rabelais stands uncomfortably on the threshold of perception. All the tracks are rhythm-less (although there is an occasional periodicity established by vanishing loops), and highly textural. Most artists eschewed glitch sounds to focus on wailing cries and drones (with Pimmon stealing the show). In short, it makes a great late-night CD, gentle yet challenging.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:59
2
7:26
3
6:01
4
9:57
5
5:30
6
7:56
7
5:46
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