Boomkat Product Review:
Christian Kleine's new album - his tenth - is an emotionally pregnant set of tracks that veers from late 90’s electronic nostalgia through to more wavey post-punk and dusted downbeats that come highly recommended to disciples of classic BoC, Arovane, CiM.
Kleine is one of the longest standing artists in our orbit, releasing music since the late 1990s as one half of Herrmann & Kleine, and then solo with his gorgeous 2001 debut album 'Beyond Repair’, all released via the first label we were ever involved with: City Centre Offices.
Perhaps his best known and most enduring contribution was as a key player on Arovane's 'Tides' album, coaxing Uwe Zahn away from jerky, Autechre-inspired glitchmuzik towards a more emotionally generous, pastoral, sound. That same blueprint is still visible on 'Environmental Cure', Kleine's latest full-length, made up of tracks the Berlin-based producer wrote over the last couple of years. BoC-esque synths back up 'Delicious' before Kleine adds bass and guitar, and on 'TV', he dusts his percussion with fine powder, letting a pristine lead synth take centre stage.
But it's the more throwback moments that have us really melting: opening track 'Friday End' buzzes with the same hopeful energy that made those earliest DIN 12"s so special, and 'Rust and Fog' gives us that same glow we felt when we first heard Herrmann & Kleine's 'Transalpin' EP all those years ago
Dunno if it’s the morose light in the sky right now, or just feeling a certain kinda way, but this stuff is hitting a real elusive spot.