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Kammerflimmer Kollektief
Temporary Residence Ltd

Rating: 8.8/10 ?

October 25, 2001
No rest for the wicked, perhaps an extremely over-used phrase but none the less completely appropriate for Germany's Kammerflimmer Kollektief. Tight on the heels of the band's debut Maander, which was released earlier this year, Incommunicado is birthed as a detatched twin to its predecessor.

Now functioning as a solid unit of a half dozen conventional instruments that are anything but in the context of contemporary post-rock music, the Kollektief is in rare form over the course of the six songs presented here. According to the story that will soon become legend, Thomas Weber, the kraut mastermind behind the Kollektief, apparently passed around bedroom copies of Maander to his cohorts and had them scour every nook and cranny of the instrumentation, each member becoming intimately familiar with each smell, flavor, timbre, tincture, tint and tone of the album. Once the peaks and valleys of Maander were mapped out like the human genome, the hexad sat down to reinterpret and reinvent them, using the tools of guitar, strings, upright bass and drums to concoct a skeletal new framework over which to stretch a new skin. Or would that be vice versa? At any rate, the performances of the six tracks here are exactly that - entirely improvised and live orchestral interpretations of Maander. Aside from the synthesizer that has become seemingly compulsory in experimental and avant rock, the only electronic element of this album's recording is the machine it was captured on. That's right, what the man says is true - no edits were made and no overdubs were done. Incommunicado is the live re-enactment of Maander, but this isn't your run of the mill I Might Be Wrong Radiohead experiment. This is much more thrilling and much more indicative of exploratory musicianship and forward thinking compositions. This album, like Maander, should indeed be in the stacks of any music lover who is keen on Dirty Three, Fridge or Tortoise.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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