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Re: ECM by Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer

Electronica sans the house music dance element is integrated into the ECM aesthetic on this 2-CD set, engineered by Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer. Using select and largely acoustic tracks culled from ECM Records vast catalogue, the artists re-mix, deconstruct or beautify themes and segments throughout. Atmospheric, but primarily designed with ethereal subtleness, the duo incorporates misty effects, and understated thematic forums amid a few buoyant parts, touched with simulated turntable scratches.

The program centers on a broad musical plane, tethered with numerous concepts, and in certain spots, the artists mirror the original tracks or motifs with a sense of electronic antiquity. Some pieces are downright spooky and spark notions of a clairvoyant session. They alter the pitch and occasionally mutate piano or drum movements. For instance, on bass luminary Miroslav Vitous' piece "Reemergence, "a hodgepodge of abstractions via bizarre sounds and samples offer an uncanny semblance of solitude.

At times the music is plotted with fragmented pastiches of sound. The duo injects intrigue and mystical qualities into these works with buzzing currents and off-kilter rhythmic motifs, noticeably evident on celebrated violinist Paul Giger's "Ignus." With other works, the listener may detect semblances to Brian Eno's celestial electronics treatments to complement an abundance of meditative discourses and enigmatic sound-sculpting metrics.

Several tracks are very quiet and offer little more than subliminal background music. Yet the music presents more than just a few interesting persuasions set forth by the artists' lucid approach, framed on off-kilter renovations and thought-provoking platforms.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer
  • CD Title: Re: ECM
  • Genre: Progressive
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Record Label: ECM Records
  • Musicians: Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer (soundstructures)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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