Boomkat Product Review:
Be it on his own, as a collaborator with Uwe Zahn’s Arovane project, or as a member of Herrmann & Kleine, Christian Kleine and his guitars, drumkit and PowerBook have appealed to those ever growing number of people involving themselves with electronic music at its most heartwarming, organic, life-affirming. His love of Hip Hop, indie-pop and experimental music has always contributed to an other-worldly mix of hypnotic beats and blissed-out acoustica, a sound that later on would become so crucial to the enigmatic pop soundscapes of labelmate Ulrich Schnauss. “Real Ghosts”, his third and most complete album, sees a re-allignment of ideas and musical principles. It’s a record that’s both wonderfully esoteric and heartwarmingly familiar, opening up with the gloriously rich hip hop bombast of “Home” and delving into midnight breeze beats (“Like the clouds, Like the Sky”), gliding acoustic ambience (“Disappearing Objects”), classic bassline driven computer pop a la Joy Division (“Stations”) and even a total guitar freakout (“Ghostwriting”). Exploring the principle that a thing and its opposite make for a more complete experience, “Real Ghosts” is full of wonderful musical contradictions and anomalies – a classic electronic album that doesn’t stick to known formats or preconceptions, the finest album yet from one of this label’s most important family members. Awesome.