Boomkat Product Review:
Precious, proper eye-opening retrospective of the little-known but brilliant parallel worlds and wormholes of Germany’s Dörte Marth a.k.a. MAAT with a compilation of her first two records put together by The Skaters’ Spencer Clarke, a real revelation and massive recommendation if yr into owt from Coil to Spencer Clarke’s own exotic trips, or the kinda esoteric audness plucked out by Freedom To Spend over the last 18 months. We’ve struggled to get a proper supply of this one but have just picked up another stack of copies - we urge you to grab this proper doozy if you haven't already...!
Compiling Dörte’s overlooked first two LPs - ‘Konstruktionen’ [Dom Elchklang, 1993], and ‘Sie’ [Dragnet Records, 1993] - ‘The Next’ brings us up to speed with her highly personalised mid ‘90s work, covering a surreal spectrum of sounds ranging from ’Selected Ambient Works II’-like slithering ambient creatures, to unique twists on Far Eastern styles, and future baroque synth pieces with classical music references reminiscent of Coil's Unnatural History, but played further, blurring the shadowy lines between sampling and virtuoso playing.
As the label explain, Dörte's use of electronic drums, Pan-Asian arrangements and classical styles "invents a private world where she uncovers and projects forth a new and ancient female energy - almost orchestrating her pallet and shooting it through star-clusters beneath the world. .."
It’s quite a revelation.