Boomkat Product Review:
MoM’s 1994 (that's pre-Vulvaland!) Düsseldorf sound walk ‘Bilk’ surfaces for the first time on the occasion of the duo’s 30th anniversary, freshly inflected with new edits and augmentations for, effectively, a new release.
During their 30 year tenure, MoM have become recognised among the finest mutators and torch bearers of a krautrock pulse that originated in the ’60s and was refined during the ‘70s. They picked up the thread in the early ‘90s, running adjacent and against-the-grain of Teutonic techno forms with a playful daftness that has also identified their work since the start. ‘Bilk’ finds the nascent pairing of Andi Toma & Jan St. Werner in classic form toeing the line of ludicrous and hypnotic with sounds recorded in their studio’s Düsseldorf neighbourhood and arranged into a continuous piece for broadcast by Helsinki radio.
Midi-controlled synths, samplers, analogue effects, tape delays, effect pedals, guitars and a jew’s harp are harnessed to a strident yet swaying and heady collage that paved the way for their acclaimed debut album ‘Viulvaxand’ in the following months of 1994. Divided in eight for this release, the work proceeds from the sound of workmen’s jackhammer and churning 303 to what sounds like pounding concrète played by Can, to springheeled steppers ambient techno, dub-swirled acid electronica, hyaline minimalism, and wigged-out pulses that give way to a beat-less ethereal with a sun-dazed quality.