Cicadidae

Cicadidae

by Kammerflimmer Kollektief
     
 
Cicadidae is the natural outcome of Kammerflimmer Kollektief's evolution from a hybrid jazz electronic outfit to experimental improvisers and finds the band actually playing as a band with brass and string instruments, electronics, drums, and keyboards. It makes Kammerflimmer a sort of Black Dice for downtempo ambient music -- while

Overview

Cicadidae is the natural outcome of Kammerflimmer Kollektief's evolution from a hybrid jazz electronic outfit to experimental improvisers and finds the band actually playing as a band with brass and string instruments, electronics, drums, and keyboards. It makes Kammerflimmer a sort of Black Dice for downtempo ambient music -- while their lush, tweaked sounds (and decidedly warm tones) are similar to both Four Tet and Manitoba, the songs on Cicadidae have a much looser rock feeling. Take "Neumond Inselhin," which starts the album off with a gentle ticking, gurgling, and chiming that turns to a genuine string melody and then a subtly buzzing cacophony. The song doesn't so much evolve from one phase to the other as it just sort of dances back and forth, like insects in the moonlight on a summer night (hence the cicadas). There's a remarkable range to the music that conjures Kammerflimmer's dreamy surrealism -- from the Múm-esque chimes of "Blood" to the clearly Western-inspired (and somewhat caustic) ."..Denn Nacht Ist Jetzt Schon Bald!" (Ennio Morricone meets Steve Reich?). It's this openness and spontaneity that makes Kammerflimmer Kollektief's music so thrilling -- after all, the very next track is a Björk-ian dark pop song, followed by a spare, techno jazz groove on "Mantra." Kammerflimmer's ideas are so original that they may seem far-flung to those uninitiated with experimental music, but their delivery is so inviting and hypnotic that it makes Cicadidae unusually accessible.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Temporary Residence
UPC:
0656605306025
catalogNumber:
60

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kammerflimmer Kollektief   Primary Artist
Tom Weber   Guitar,Piano,Harmonium
Johannes Fritzch   Double Bass
Christopher Brunner   Drums,Vibes
Dietrich Foth   Saxophone
Heike Wendelin   Violin

Technical Credits

Annette Peacock   Composer
Tom Weber   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Johannes Fritzch   Composer
Heike Aumüller   Cover Photo
Christopher Brunner   Composer
Dietmar Dath   Liner Notes
Oliver Kühne   translation
Dietrich Foth   Composer
Jen Galli   Engineer
Heike Wendelin   Composer

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