Germany - Full Moon 208 - 08/21/13
Though The Darkness Gathers: Spirituals by Guido Möbius remixed
Last July Guido Möbius launched his 4th album, Spirituals, a humoresque, twisted,
kitschy, whimsical, and gospel-tinted record.
Here's Though The Darkness Gathers which is Spirituals
(well, at least parts of it) remixed. Let's revisit Spirituals
even more bent and twisted baby
Like his labels states: "Spirituals and gospels can be powerful and
energetic. Guido Möbius has brought this energy
into a new context." Spirituals was for sure an energetic
experience. This remixed record is much more toned down and laidback.
Last year's album was, according
to Möbius himself, "...deeply rooted in the collective
consciousness." A remix album, as I see it, is more of a solo
run, based on 'single consciousness' as each artist take on a track with
creative freedom, without limits and borders. Möbius invited eight
of his favourite contemporary
musicians/artists to make their own versions of his tracks, seeking a
varied and entertaining result.
The remixes of the eight tracks are done by: Senking (a.k.a. Jens
Massel), Rotaphon (a.k.a. Boris D. Hegenbart), the French duo Gangpol &
Mit, the Californian Jason Forrest,
Candie Hank (a.k.a. Patric Catani), the Finish Mesak, Sick Girls, and
Englishman Daniel Padden (Volcano The Bear). The opening "More Evil
Ways" by Senking is a The Residents-like
piece. Tough one. Many of the tracks are quite repetitive and, if I can
say so, a bit monotonous. Probably done with purpose, planned and
performed as chilling, 'cheerful
laments'. Slow-motion dubstep, or doomstep, as Karaoke Kalk refers to.
One might add gloomstep as well. Electroacoustic music and sound
stylishly done, both iced and
chillingly cool, as well as heated and steaming hot. Here's speedy
hyperactivity as well as hypnotic slow-motion. Many tracks are indeed
entertaining and fascinating
stuff, they're even somehow - in one way or another - quite catchy and
danceable. Sick Girls' "All Around Me Sick Everyday Mix" is one the
coolest tracks to my ears,
along with the closing track, Daniel Padden's "Send The Ark". Many of
the others are also worth checking out, in fact the entire album.
Though The Darkness Gathers
is, as a fact, recommended listening.
Copyright © 2013 Håvard Oppøyen