This solo EP was released as part of Shameless' series of private CD-Rs/public downloads. It presents two complementary sides of Burkhard Stangl, mostly known for his guitar playing (and occasionally non-playing) in the avant-garde ensemble Polwechsel. First off are two slow, minimal pieces performed by Stangl on vibraphone. Highly Feldman-esque, they see the composer linger on note clusters that produce intersecting sound waves. Delicate in their shifts between tonality and clusters, they take you back in a way to the 1997 solo album Récital. "BS at Amanns" is closer to what one would probably expect from this album: a texture-focused, minimal yet jagged piece with Stangl on guitar, Radu Malfatti on trombone, and Gunter Schneider on banjo. The set closes with a return to minimalist composition with the piano trio "BS Juana." This is a good EP that adds even more mystery to Stangl's already highly strange aura.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture