Endgame

Surreal Ethereal

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Surreal Ethereal was released as a CD-R by Auricle Music. It features the prolific trio Endgame in a studio session. The disc contains two extended improvisations, "Vördet Schneet" and "A Feather Crashed Loudly," both subdivided in parts. Endgame's aim is to propose space/electronic music derived from the German electronic school that, at the same time, follows the forays of avant-garde music. It works very well in this particular case. "Vördet Schneet" is a dark, spacy synthesizer trip with voice samples and miscellaneous noises blended in. It unfolds slowly, almost menacingly, like a Hawkwind improvisation sans drums and guitar. But the treat is "A Feather Crashed Loudly," which presents a more noise-based approach. Still very slow and atmospheric, it includes more delay effects, loops, and guitar work reminiscent of Keith Rowe. It recalls a meeting between Tangerine Dream and AMM, or Tim Blake sitting in with Morphogenesis. One last comparison would be a synth-based Shalabi Effect. Music is not the key anymore, but texture. Synthesizer sweeps meet with granular electrical sounds. Most importantly, it does not sound forced; Endgame makes it feel very natural, like it was bound to happen someday. Surreal Ethereal will open more doors of perception for space fans. Recommended.

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