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Amsterdam’s Knekelhuis survey the enigmatic mystic electronics of Germany’s Wolfgang Reffert aka Dark Star at the cusp of the ‘90s.
Compiled from tapes and a CD self-released by the artist 1989-1992, the music feels torn between ages, cold-fusing cosmic disco synth thrust Carpenter-style electro motifs and colder EBM/industrial impulses for a timelessly slow, cinematic and moody appeal.
“Deep-frozen for many decades, something is on the verge of being released from obscurity. Dark Star is the project of Wolfgang Reffert (Ger). In the late '80s through the early '90s he released a couple of albums that invoke the darkness of infinite space. Clearly influenced by '60s and '70s sci-fi, the mechanical grooves and spiraling synths bring to mind the worlds of Alien, The Forbidden Planet and Solaris.
Utilizing a less is more aesthetic, Dark Star breathtakingly soundtracked space travel to far away galaxies like no other. Rhythmic postpunk drums lay the foundation for slow, down-tuned spacerock that goes deep into industrial proto-techno-like territory, while always maintaining a sense of groove.
Resurrected from the days of yesteryear, Dark Star once again re-imagines the eternal harshness and emptiness surrounding spaceship Earth. Cyborgs, extraterrestrials and genetically modified creatures rejoice on the dancefloor!”