Boomkat Product Review:
Ground/Lift is the collaborative project of two Austrian musicians : Christoph Pajer and Oliver Stotz, and sets the two members guitar playing in amongst a bed of electronics and chopped samples. Probably the most experimental album on the Radian-curated Karate Joe label, Ground/Lift manages to be totally obtuse at times and then at others entirely straightforward and listenable. One moment drifting into crunching concrete sounds and mangled vocal samples, then the next you’ll here fingerpicked guitar and sung vocals… it’s a strange mix but is carried off with ease. Very occasionally the more ‘arty’ segments of the album can grate, but when the band get it right – (the Reich-meets-Delia Derbyshire squelch of ‘Klagit’ for example) the results are explosive.