Boomkat Product Review:
A legendary conduit between Berlin kosmicshe ambient and experimental techno, Max Loderbauer takes his debut LP bow on Marionette with a sublime set channelling Eno, Moebius & Roedelius.
Like its title, the slow-paced and wafting synth voyage of ‘Petrichor’ evokes a sensual, sentimental trip full of nostalgic wooze and emotion. Forming Loderbauer’s first solo session since 2020’s ‘Donnerwetter’ with his and Tobias Freund’s Non Standard Productions label, it resounds with a tactility and familiarity with his kit that Loderbauer has developed over decades since the late ‘80s; exploring a huge web of interrelated styles ranging from ambient heroes Sun Electric to the kinky acid house of Fisherman’s Friend (both with Tom Thiel), and as part of NSI, and member of the Moritz Von Oswald and Vladislav Delay ensembles, as well as a duo with Ricardo Villalobos.
Left to his own devices, Loderbauer stirs the senses with a slow-cooked brew of rare tones gleaned from Buchla and modular synth, and coaxed from the touch-sensitive Haken fingerboard performance controller and synthesiser. The set-up allows for really hands, haptic tact that’s felt in the music’s viscous rhythmic and timbral transitions and tumescent shape, where Loderbauer manipulates the senses with a spectra of heady, bittersweet tones that call to mind classic ‘70s kosmiche ambient of Eno, Moebius & Roedelius via the more curdled tang and unequal temperament and slosh of Rashad Becker works.