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Boomkat Product Review:
Munich's Carl Oesterhelt returns to Umor Rex for another album of darkly cinematic, nostalgic analog electronics >> RIYL John Carpenter or Bernard Herrmann.
Best known for his work as the drummer of F.S.K. and keyboardist of Merricks, as well as his contributions to Tied & Tickled Trio and Ms. John Soda, Carl Oesterhelt has nurtured an interesting solo career fusing classical instrumentation with kosmische synth music. Last time we came across him, he was balancing his ideas with Driftmachine's Andreas Gerth on last year's quite excellent "Aporias of Futurism", and now he's back in the solo zone on this set of more light-hearted movements.
With spoken word elements from Johan Simons, there's a 1950s sci-fi/horror vibe to "The Dualistic Principle" that gives it a tongue-in-cheek character. While the music often veers into electro-acoustic burbling or classical abstraction, the deadpan words offer a humorous foil that Oesterhelt acknowledges. It's "the score to an imaginary film of contemporary hedonism," he admits.