Boomkat Product Review:
'List' is the latest pristine transmission from German artist Jens Massel aka Senking. The last we heard from him was in 2003 with 'Tap', and since then he has refined his sound somewhat radically - going from percussion and bass-heavy minimalism to something altogether more, well 80s.
I say 80s because the first thing I thought when I put this album was John Carpenter (more specifically 'The Thing') - there's something about Massel's use of rumbling analogue synth-bass and sparse hints at melody that brings to mind these classic film scores more than anything else. Indeed 'List' even plays like a film soundtrack, with submerged dialogue samples echoing sporadically throughout.
However, this is John Carpenter re-wired for the 21st century, and Massel's perfectly sculpted sounds are expertly matched with the tremulous synthesizer parts giving them space to breathe.