After turns by Burnt Friedman and Max Loderbauer, Marionette return attention to Benjamin Kilchhofer’s lilting drum patterns and bittersweet electronics on The Book Room, his broadest and most significant release to date. Followers of Burnt Friedman’s rhythmelodic arrangements, the ersatz ethno vibes of Don’t DJ or Shackleton’s hypnotic patterning will find lots to delve into here.
“Benjamin Kilchhofer is not new to the world of recorded music, yet he doesn’t seem to fit into a particular scene or group. As an outsider he is, however, fully immersed and melded into his own universe. He mentally escapes to a parallel world and weaves an alternate reality which would otherwise not exist in his daily life. Kilchhofer avoids the spotlight and therefore isn’t really visible in today’s culture of ever changing content and social media. This is where Marionette steps in to attempt to shed as much light as possible on this unique and incredibly talented artist.
The Book Room is Kilchhofer's musical diary, it's his library of emotions. It's a fairytale, an imaginary place shaped by exotic cultures, an escape from modern society, a collage of real and imagined experiences. You can hear influences abstracted from a wide number of musical approaches: the story-telling nature of folklore music, naive and conflicting rhythms of tribal drums, melodies and pads reminiscent of classical minimalism and microtonal experimental music, the freeform approach of early electronic music and krautrock, and buried deep within the tracks some hints of hedonistic dance and club music.”
D.K. does his debonaire, Far Eastern-oriented synth thing for Second Circle, leading on from his ambient split LP with Suzanne Kraft for their sister label, Music From Memory in 2017.
The Mystery Dub EP can be roundly summed up as disco music from the equator, as D.K. entwines percussion indigenous to South East Asia into patterns more reminiscent of African and South American Latin styles, using canopies of bird calls and humid synth atmospheres to bind those elements into their own sweet dancefloor ecologies.
Dollkraut does a nippy rejig of Eefje de Visser’s melancholic synth-pop ditty Scheef, the lead track from her self-released 3rd album, Nachtlicht .
Eefje’s pulsing, folkways dream-pop original is a relatively rare - for us at least - example of Dutch language pop, with floaty results that sit rather nicely on the ear. Dollkraut’s remix takes Eefje in another direction entirely though, with dancefloors full of shuffling waifs and foppish wave flounders squarely in mind.