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Boomkat Product Review:
Gudrun Gut meets Hans Joachim Irmler ov Faust for a driving, psychedelic exploration of their respective Krautrock perspectives in '500m'. Both survivors of Germany's far-reaching and influential leftfield and avant-garde, they approach the project from opposing angles to find a tense median between Irmler's wayward, wistful organ improvisations and Gut's tempered, programmed logic. In that sense, it's a canny play on contradictions, imposing a more mannered grammar upon intuitive, attuned musical expression to find a mutual revelation. The results are perhaps surprisingly fresh and spacious, considering Irmler's reputation as a legendary noise miscreant. It would appear that Gudrun is really in control, breaking down her musical partner's thirty-minute long improvisations for parts, to re-structure them with fragments of her own vocals in heady, reverb-heavy sound designs yoked to a steady, pulsing backbone of programmed rhythm. Arguably it's the best we've heard from either artist in years.