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Boomkat Product Review:
Debut solo LP of discretely inventive music for fictive ceremonies, from Swiss drummer Michael Anklin; deploying field recordings of a hydroelectric dam, metallic percussion and deconstructed bassoon, in absorbing electro-acoustic constructions
Previously appearing on these pages as part of Kilchhofer for Marionette, Anklin now unfurls his personal artistic statement, shaping a palate of resonant sounds into abstract, narrative arrangements that evoke ritual atmospheres and purpose. Landing to these ears somewhere between the sound art on Giuseppe Ielasi’s ace label, Senufo Editions, the kind of kinetic east/west sound-scapes limned by Michael Ranta, or the enigmatic tekkerz of Valentina Magaletti, the album’s seven parts plot an unpredictable course from tonal abstractions of ‘Chiaroscuro’ to the magisterial metallic hymn of ‘Pythia’, taking in a transfixing drone piece shaped from field recordings of ‘Hagneck’, a hydroelectric powerplant next to Lake Biel, and the resounding mystery of ‘Okapi’ which sounds like miners playing gamelan in an alpine cave, along with broken-down bassoon sounds in ‘Exon’ and ‘Zymosis’.