Boomkat Product Review:
Theeee classic album from one of the most brilliant artists to emerge from the steadily swelling drone/psyche spectrum of the latter half of the 2000's - originally issued by the Type label in its golden era of releases - around the same time it gave the world Grouper's 'Dragging a dead deer..' and all those Thomas Köner reissues. This one is often forgotten but highly worthy of re-evaluation
After amassing a highly regarded set of recordings for his Dekorder label, Marc Richter deposited one of his most concise compositions for the Type label. 'Alphabet 1968' was in gestation for a little while now, causing ripples of excitement in this office when it first camed into being. Precedents for the Black To Comm sound stretch from Charlemagne Palestine to Growing and Steve Reich, but anyone who has experienced his sound would merely confirm these as reference points, as the artists share guiding principles of esoteric psychedelia and classical structures.
What separates Marc, here with some help from Joana Baranka and Renate Nikolauf, is the fractally overlapping effect he creates, unpredictably strafing between textures and blocks of sound with mystifying mixing techniques, and especially with 'Alphabet 1968' the intensity, pace and boldness of these sweeping transportations, creating atmospheric pressures sharp enough to give lesser experienced divers the bends. From a list of potent ingredients - vinyl & shellac loops, metal percussion, shortwave radio, Argeiphontes Lyre, kitchen gamelan and the glockenspiel native to his Black Forest and Hamburg home, Black to Comm conjures a trip as riveting as a Hans Christian Anderson tale, while as disorientatingly psychedelic as being lost in a twilight forest scene with a handful of 2ci for company. Incredible.