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Boomkat Product Review:
Kammerflimmer Kollektief team up with the author Dietmar Dath, who went from journalism (he's an erstwhile editor of the German magazine Spex and the daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) to writing both novels and non-fiction. This album finds him reading out an unpublished 'alternate version' of his novel Die Abschaffung Der Arten (translated as The Abolition Of The Species) with musical contextualisation provided by Kammerflimmer Kollektief. The hour-long album plays out like a duet of sorts between Dath (the reader) and the music itself. While parts of the disc play out like a radio production with the Kammerflimmer component operating as a lulling bed of sound design, certain sequences take over from Dath's narration altogether, ascending into beautifully formed passages of electronics and instrumental improvisation. Of course, to get the full effect of this record a decent working knowledge of the German language would be fairly essential, but even we notoriously monolingual Brits can enjoy the interplay between Kammerflimmer's refined electronic post-rock and the human voice. Recommended.