Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Der Meisenknödel Brennt / Als Die Letzte Maus In Barmbek Starb [Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse 008 Promo]

We all know that the tape-focused Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse-imprint is an outlet for, well, musical weirdness and heaps of experimental underground sounds but the release of their latest C7-cassette "Der Meisenknödel Brennt / Als Die Letzte Maus In Barmbek Starb" takes even this super leftfield imprint into new territories soundwise. Surely influenced by Musique Concrete, Plunderphonics and early electronic music experiments including the use of tape loops and echoes this weird release is sporting the same track on both of its sides, consisting nearly exclusively of partly layered, echo-heavy vocal loops of unknown origin, possibly taken from very old German Schlager records or - with a little bit of vocal manipulation this is - being produced for the abuse on this cassette. Alongside these vocals we find more loops put in here, mostly quite concrete clicks that sound like heavily scratched vinyl and other mechanical / industrial tones adding their bits to the overall quirkyness of this release. This is a puzzling one indeed.


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