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CD Feature/ NID: "Plate Tectonics"

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Irony is an integral part of the music business: After over a decade of touring, performing and playing, NID finally get to release their first full-length record with one of the bigger labels on the scene and then the band has already disbandened. For twelve years, the project was a constant, its members operating from their home bases of Switzerland and Germany, but reaching out to all of Europe, selling self-burnt CD-Rs from the trunk of their car. But even though “Plate Tectonics” has missed out on providing them with their hoped-for breakthrough, it is still a welcome document of a band who could truly “rock” a crowd.

After all, none of the previous publications was able to capture this three-piece with the energy and hypnoticism of their live acts, filled with turntable aesthetics and knob tweaking in sets of many different stages and moods. Till Kniola of the Auf Abwegen label has been one of the project’s patrons, inviting them over to his “Geräuschwelten” series over here in Münster, where I could witness them in action and was left wondering about why NID has naver made it to the upper echelons of the experimental family. All the necessary ingredients were there, after all: Dense, abstract collages. Mesmerising passages of classical string magic molten into an industrial amber vision. Rotating beats, noisy ambient and spoken word contributions. This made for a multifaceted listening experience. “Plate Tectonics”, too, characterises their style as accesible and catchy, yet profound and stimulating. These three tracks may be stretched-out, but they are never fuzzy or wilfully opaque, never prone to intelectual boredom nor out to cheaply provoke. The band has found the golden cut and merged aforementioned genres into a subliminal, unobtrusive yet engaging and coercive flow. Everything is possible, as the dreamy threads of “Earth’s Crust” are softly pierced by a looped radio melody or the closing “35 000 Feet below the Ocean Surface” changes its timbre and pulse constantly over the course of its almost twenty-two minutes’ duration.

As Chris Sigdell has gone on to intensify the effort behind his stoner rock project Phased and his solo act B-Tong, Jürgen Eberhard and Oswald Czerwinski have once again retreated into the spacey excursions of “Feine Trinkers bei Pinkels Daheim”. They have remained in close contact as well, continuing to perform live together. And yet, there was something special about NID which transcended the individual and undeniable talents of its constituent elements. As ironic as its belated arrival may be, “Plate Tectonics” captures this certain kind of magic on record at least once.

By Tobias Fischer

Homepage: NID
Homepage: Feine Trinkers bei Pinkels Daheim
Homepage: Feine Trinkers bei Pinkels Daheim at MySpace
Homepage: B-Tong at MySpace

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