Boomkat Product Review:
Jens Massel has been an integral part of Cologne's Karaoke Kalk label since the very begining. Out of the 26 releases on the label, fifteen have been by Massel under his varuious guises - Kandis, Fumble and Senking. With releases for Raster Noton, it is the Senking project that has, perharps, garnered most attention for Massel. This latest full-length - Silencer, is exactly what it promises to be : an album that exists through silence, revolves around silence. A silence which is continually broken - almost imperceptibly - by a distant, steady and not even very restrained throbbing beat that dies away as unnoticed as it came alive. Thus Silencer resonates with moments of surprise that first of all call for one thing: close listening. The use of space and resonance is the most eye-opening thing here : a richness of sound and structure formed from the most basic of ingredients and treated with the greatest of patience and emotional involvement. Gorgeous.