Boomkat Product Review:
Two hours of stunning music from Uwe Schmidt, rescued from the Sahko tape archive and now available on 2xCD and digital. Recorded for the Ambient City radio project at Helsinki’s Museum of Modern Art in 1994, back when he was working as Atom Heart, Cold Memories reminds us of Schmidt’s peerless mastery of post-techno electronic musical modes. You get two hour-long, very eventful compositions for your buck. ‘Cold Memories pt.1’’s more sedate, gently undulating passages variously recall Budd and Eno, Pete Namlook and Klaus Schulze, and the precious drone abstractions of Eleh, but there are forays too into meaty, beaty ambient techno a la Aphex’s Selected Ambient Works. The drums persist throughout ‘Pt.2’, though this time they describe more linear, sparse and bleepier structures, inevitably bringing to mind Mika Vainio and Ilpo Vaisanen’s various Sahko projects, and enclose some truly haunting ambiences – drifting, swirling melodies, like a Leyland Kirby from frozen space. This really is terrific stuff, highly recommended for any fans of deep techno, PROPER ambient and isolationist electronica.