Instabil displays much improvement when compared to Mikrosport, the debut release by Reto Mäder (aka rm74). Maybe his participation in the project Ohne revealed to him wider possibilities for experimental electronica. The 12 short tracks that make up Instabil (German for "unstable") come closer to compositions than just fooling around with sound files. The sonic palette remains pretty much the same: digital glitches and noises, unrecognizable filtered-out samples, piano. The difference resides in the assemblage, more organic and life-like despite major distancing from rhythm. "Camagnuhl" stands out: chaotic, wild, and somewhat entertaining, it packs a lot of well-introduced surprises in a short period of time. "Schamassel" picks up where the previous album's "Fallüps" left off, pairing a simple piano part with analog and digital electronics. The sound of the aging instrument, slightly out of tune and recorded from a distance, clashes with hi-tech electronics again in "Klavtarups" and "Melosohn," evoking the warped sonic landscapes of Koji Asano. Mäder's music sounds consistently wrong. It skips, jumps, tunes out and feels badly stitched together, as if an old computer attempted to process files too large for its virtual stomach. But where on Mikrosport all that sounded amateurish, on Instabil it blossoms into something strangely appealing. The stylistic connection with the Mego roaster is still very obvious, but rm74's own personality begins to come through.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture