Boomkat Product Review:
One of the finest releases in Raster Noton's illustrious discography at long last gets a vinyl release, 15 years after it was originally released on CD.
Recorded at around the same time as Lippok's band To Rococo Rot were at the height of their creative powers, Open Close Open was his first proper solo endeavour and came as a total revalation, making use of looped passages from Mahler's 5th symphony fed through an aray of subtle electronic treatments, field recordings and found sounds.
The key word here is subtle - at a time when so many electronic producers felt a need to deploy an array of digital effects to show their production credentials, Lippok made the process feel organic. Rather then washing out his source material with glitch and decay, he instead let natural harmonics dictate the shape and colour of his production, the sound of doors slamming shut, the call of crows, fizzing background sounds, all interwoven with those beautiful strings and that dub echo. More importantly -Open Close Open is both one of the most singular, and most beautiful releases in Raster Noton's formidable catalogue, one of the few releases on the label from that era that doesn't require an apetite for experimental electronic music to sink into.
For years on end we were obsessed with this album; it’s surely one of the lesser known Raster Noton releases, but without question one of its best.