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CD Feature/ Lngtche "Music for an untitled Film by T.Zarkkof"

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One thing’s for sure: With this album, Etude Records have not only established themselves as a label interested more in quality and timeless values than standardised genre-definitions or typical aesthetics, but also provided themselves with the chance to release about anything they like in the future. “Music for an untitled film by T. Zarkoff” has no obvious connection with the collage-techniques of Mike Hansen or the out-of-this-world Sax improvisations of Agust Martinez any more, its logic propelled by dark intuitions and whispering premonitions.

It is hard to penetrate the mysteries of this work: It is, after all, Lngtche’s debut, no prior publications allowing for comparisons, red threads, the extension of trends or the unravelling of a secret code. All we are given is a list of influences, but what good is that, when Polish composer Penderecki stands next to the independent Folk-Noise erruptions of Polly Jean Harvey? Needless to say, Mr. Zarkkof apparently shies away from the spolights of the media and is nowhere to be found on the Internet – if anywhere else for that matter.

“Music...” not only claims the listener’s full attention, as his body is flushed through the fourty-four minute long drain pipe system of the record’s gargantuan organ .- it refuses to be placed in a certain tradition at all, demanding a status of its own. On the one hand, this is an impudent desire. Lngtche clearly draws air from the fields of Dark Ambient, Industrial soundscapes, the bleakness of horror movie soundtracks, the atmospheric side of contemporary composition and the combination of tonal threads and concrete sounds. Not even the fact that all of these sources come together in a single, cleverly arranged piece, held together by reoccuring motives, turns this into something a record shop couldn’t cram into one of the beforementioned genres without bending the truth too much.

And yet the exorbitance and magnitude of his work which is seriously out of all proportions which allows for a certain pride: While some of these textures are so deep and thick that they will make your eardrums ache, the entire middle section hums like a helicopter on a sunny day or a Cello ensemble in need of a psychiatrist. Towards the end, the drones are superimposed with buzzing distortions, piercing the fabric of elusive harmonics and flowing into a resolution of bewildering concreteness.

Just like there are authors one can not deny, there are composers whose sheer will and self-confidence drive them beyond the ordinary in a bid to create something overwhelming. Lngtche is one of them. It is hard to imagine him sitting down for breakfast with anything but three gallons of black coffee, an anti-depressant and secondary literature about Kant. But then again, “Music for an untitled film by T. Zarkkof” is not meant to please. It is the first outing of a man who will not do anything unless it at least serves to disturb, perturb and shake up the entire world and to whom the term “magnum opus” always means his current album. With their drastic release policy, Etude Records should be just the right place for him.

By Tobias Fischer

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