Alter Ego

Decoding the Hacker Myth

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This German collective works with what could be best described as "listening techno" -- electronica designed not for dancing, but for laid-back home listening. This means that each track is organized more like a song, with enough movement to keep things from becoming repetitive; on songs like "Brom," they drop out most of the beats in favor of a sort of organized ambiance. The majority of the album is pleasant in a beepy and bubbly sort of way, and very organic-sounding -- a bit like Spring Heel Jack without the breakbeats. Excellent electronica for home use.

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