Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik Sankt Otten
- 1Eigentlich ist alles schön07:01
- 2Massiere die Maschine12:43
- 3Manchmal schmeckt nichtmal der Kaffee06:40
- 4Heile Welt08:19
- 5Auf drei lassen wir los05:23
- 6Milchmädchen und Herrenschokolade09:51
- 7Diese bessere Welt ist auch nicht besser09:00
- 8Am Ende der Fahnenstange05:07
Info for Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik
The German instrumental duo SANKT OTTEN (Stephan Otten, Oliver Klemm), founded in 1999, has been releasing music on Denovali Records since 2009. Their 10th full length album called MÄNNERFREUNDSCHAFTEN UND METAPHYSIK (eng: Male Friendships and Metaphysics) is once again a collaboration record - this time with fellow countryman and experimental guitarist N (Hellmut Neidhardt). The eight pieces on the album are based on freely improvised studio sessions and have all been recorded live, with a few overdubs added by SANKT OTTEN later.
SANKT OTTEN's Denovali labelmate N - for whom this album is release nr. 47 - is well-known for Noise, Ambient and Drone sounds standing apart from classical song writing. The aim of this collaboration was to combine the perspectives of the genres of both partners, with N adding a grave and menacing mood to SANKT OTTEN's Electronica and Kraut Rock and SANKT OTTEN providing the sound walls of N with an unusual dynamics.
The albums starts off with with the guitar drone track EIGENTLICH IST ALLES SCHÖN (eng: Actually Everything is Beautiful), in which the unusual style-clash already clearly manifests itself; the opener literally cuts through the ears of the listener. One of the highlights of the albums, the subsequent 13-minute monster MASSIERE DIE MASCHINE (eng: Massage the Machine), offers salvation. The powerful, but always minimal drumming and the sequencer bass of Stephan Otten constantly drive the track forward and lead to an intricated E-bow battle between Oliver Klemm and N, with their melodic lines closing in on each other.
A further highlight of the album is HEILE WELT (eng: Ideal World), a track reminiscent of the hymnal atmosphere of BRIAN ENO, if only this beauty was not burst open by the feedback-guitar of N. A piece immersed in its own orchestral slowness, with a harmonic twist into the unknown ...
The album closes with the noisy and at the same time meditative ambient song AM ENDE DER FAHNENSTANGE (eng: At the end of the road (fig.)). While recording this impro-drone numerous tracks have been piled up on top of Neidhardt's guitar amps and effects, including a harmonium, additional guitars, synthesizers and a prepared piano the oscillations of the strings of which have been induced by E-bows. A mellotron whispers a fragile melody from the distance and perfects the track ...
Stephan Otten, drums, programming, synthesizers
Oliver Klemm, guitar, synthesizers, piano
Hellmut Neidhardt, amps, guitar
The German instrumental duo SANKT OTTEN already teamed up for building the first walls of sound in 1999. Since then, they have released 4 albums and several eps together. In 2009, they joined DENOVALI RECORDS to realize their 4th full length MORGEN WIEDER LUSTIG, followed by a SPLIT record with MAJEURE – the solo project of A.E. PATERRA from ZOMBI (Relapse Records) - in 2010.
On the MAJEURE split they for the first time showed a more distinctive interest to the world of 70s and 80s synthesizers. The new album GOTTES SYNTHESIZER continues this voyage into the synth’s heaven. A paradise of warm analogue sounds, sequencer lines and electric drums garnished with the typical soaring guitar drones of OLIVER KLEMM as the central theme of the album.By adding ingredients reminding of the German pioneers of progressive electronic music, SANKT OTTEN are moving the KRAUTROCK elements into a new context.
With FAST NEU IST AUCH GEBRAUCHT the full length includes an hommage to the old KRAUTROCK heroes NEU! just as a ROBERT FRIPP influenced 13 minutes monster piece like the title track GOTTES SYNTHESIZER. Other songs (DIE WELT IST JA NICHT ZUM AUSHALTEN or ICH VERLASSE MICH SELBST) are rather influenced by STEPHAN OTTEN’s energetic electric drums. Mellow epic ambient hymns like WIR SIND DEINE PROPHETEN or DAS ENDE VOM LIED are their great tool to create a connection between specific soundscapes in order to make a coherent album out of the single tracks. The main excellence of this full length is that SANKT OTTEN are combining influences of an old genre with elements of today’s music to a new interesting mixture.
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