Boomkat Product Review:
Ritornell is the duo of Richard Eigner and Roman Gerold, two Austrian composers from specialising in different yet wholly complimentary disciplines. Gerold is a trained jazz pianist whereas Eigner has established himself as a sound artist, having also contributed some drums to Patrick Wolf's last album, Magic Position. Golden Solitude - the duo's debut album - arrives with a following that includes avant-techno maven Cristian Vogel and underground Canadian director Bruce LaBruce, who used a track from the album on his latest film Otto, or, Up With Dead People. The music that makes up Golden Solitude combines lavish electronics (working with both beats and more esoteric textures) with more naturalistic jazz combo aesthetics, embracing meticulously recorded acoustic drums, bass and horns without being too reverent. 'Catch & Kiss' is content to shatter the source material into glitches and stutters, just about preserving the rich, smokey instrumental timbres whilst ensuring a shock of modernity runs throughout the piece. While comparisons to groups like Dictaphone seem fairly natural, the film noir qualities of 'Dissapearing City' takes Ritornell into knowingly loungey territory, only to be hastily subverted by granular sound collages like 'Naked' and the piano-based micro-drone of the Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto-alike 'Nina'. Recommended.