Germany - Full Moon 222 - 10/08/14
Hidden Shoal Recordings
"Gymnasium/Swarms" is the first single off Markus Mehr's album, Binary Rooms (due out15th October). Binary Rooms (said by his label to be '...his
most challenging and engaging to date') will be Mehr's fifth studio album, following a fine, no, rather outstanding line of albums: Lava (2010), plus
his 'triptych' troika of albums, In (2012), On (2012), and Off (2013): all records
released by the excellent label Hidden Shoal.
Mehr signed to the Australian label Hidden Shoal in 2010. Before that Mehr played guitar (and was a songwriter) in a German new wave band called The Unemployed Ministers (from 1989-1997).
He then (from 2001 on) turned to his 'solo' project under the moniker Aroma (releasing three albums over the year span 2001-2006). But then, from 2008-09 he started to record and release recordings
under his own name. Mehr had become a full-blooded electronic composer and sound wiz-artist, who is exploring the magic and spellbinding mysticism of ambient-drone landscapes/soundscapes.
"Gymnasium/Swarms" is one of those dark, mystic compositions. It is a track close to the nerve, or core of what Mehr's up to music-wise. The track is loaded with frantic, twisted and bent moods.
"Gymnasium/Swarms" is some sort of an electronic noise frenzy. It is creeping upon you, being both scaring and appealing. It is for sure a high-strung track.
Markus Mehr operates in a state of '...blissful wanderlust', according to the site Tome to the Weather Machine. They continue describing
some of his works (the album Lava in particular) '...completely engrossing, engaging and all together reliable album full of the most powerful
ambient-drone tracks this year'. Mehr challenges, according to Hidden Shoal '...notions of personal space, juxtaposing the human against the
industrial, the gentle and intimate against the jolting and harsh.' Mehr often collaborates with visual artist Stefanie Sixt, and the two of them have also created, or worked together
on a number of audio-visual sound-art installations. The coming First Life is the score to a theatrical production and the pair have also made a entrancing video for "Gymnasium/Swarms".
Go check it out.
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