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Boomkat Product Review:
Berlin's Philipp Otterbach dusts off his guitar for 'The Dahlem Diaries', an album about friendship and oneness that's part Durutti Column and part Brian Eno.
'The Dahlem Diaries' was written by Otterbach between 2020 and 2022, sketched out using his guitar and then fleshed out by his friends, who contributed instrumental parts that the German producer subsequently reworked and re-contextualized. As the title suggest, the record was intended to work like a diary; in Otterbach's own words "the recordings encapsulate a very specific moment in time, one that would have sounded perhaps very different the day before or after."
Despite the contributions from his friends, 'The Dahlem Diaries' is very much a guitar album. The producer's previous records may have been focused on electronics and drums, but this one's almost completely beatless, and the guitar is so central that it almost mirrors Vini Reilly's personal dreamscapes. Melancholy and subtly psychedelic, it's music that might lull you into a deep sleep at one point, or rouse you into ecstasy the next.