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Aix Em Klemm
Aix Em Klemm
Kranky

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Sometimes CDs only need a two word review, and if you are a lazy reader you can stop at the end of the next sentence. Too restrained.

For those who want to know why one would say that Aix Em Klemm is too restrained, I dare you to listen. There are hardly enough noises to sustain interest. I thought the first song, "the girl with the flesh colored crayon" ended like three times in the middle of the song because the gaps between the "music" are so long. Some would call this kind of music subdued and subtle, but not me. Bands do exist that are subtle and great. Low and Bedhead are two that pop into my head. This, however, is way too much. The CD is awash in single layered minuscule noises, heavy on the reverb. To their credit, Aix Em Klemm seem content to just provide atmosphere rather than music, but you can pick up atmospheric ocean waves CD's for like four dollars at K-Mart. On "Sophteonal" their touch is pretty good in the beginning as a bass and some noises hint at an oncoming song, but when the song never really arrives I become impatient. The last song "Sparklewood and twentyone" is the closest Bobby Donne (normally in Labradford) and Adam Wiltzie (normally in Stars of The Lid) come to a melody and it is just a sort of two-note wisp.

Hey, if you want to sit through five songs that average seven minutes each and aren't really songs but just long soothing noises just to get to a wisp of a melody, be my guest. I, however, will only play Aix Em Klemm when I want to sleep and can't drown out the noise from the bar across the street. (Yes, they are better than the Barenaked Ladies).

Reviewed by John Steinbacher
The last we heard, Steinbacher was living in Minneapolis.

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