The Beige Oscillator

Waiting for Wood

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With song titles like "Relaxin'," "Get the Funk," and "Its Time Baby," one is already warned that the Beige Oscillator & DJ Attaché's debut full-length CD, Waiting for Wood, is less challenging than the usual output from Austrian experimental label Charhizma. Nicholas Bussmann and Hanno Leichtmann (the two artists hiding behind the pseudonyms) keep their music firmly rooted in electronica, alluding to techno, house, and trip-hop without actually copying any of these styles. Their music is harder to grasp in terms of categories, but somehow remains generic. Waiting for Wood sounds like an attempt at reducing all the influences found in 2001 electronica to an ersatz: bits of free jazz saxophone, field recordings, and lounge are all part of the duo's arsenal, but most of the time they feel like clichés (like their use of Internet dial-up connection sounds). Noelle Moral provided vocals for the trip-hoppy "Not Real"; Joe Williamson and Leonid Soybelman (of Kletka Red) are also among the guest list, but if the bassist's lines are easy to catch, the guitarist's contributions remain well-hidden. This CD lacks cohesion -- it feels like a hodgepodge of half-baked ideas. The sense of humor is welcome, but not enough to sustain interest.

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