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CD feature: remot: "Branches get rid of their root"

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There is no doubt that Cross-Over may lead to some interesting results: Mixing two or more entirely different styles can be entertaining and eventually even exciting. The only place where it really hasn’t worked yet is Classical Music (let’s not even mention Coolio, Warren G or any other HipHop homies). That’s why this album at hand is so important.

It follows in the footsteps of another, equally magnificent work of art, Nick Grey’s “Regal Daylight”. Unlike Grey’s modern-day version of the “song”, remot are, if you like, out to reinterpret the “fantasy”: A free-floating form full of possibilities, dream-like states and chance. The tormented tenderness of Chopin comes to a head-on collision with clicking and hissing noises, deep unwordly basses and hobbling rhythmical structures. It may sound like an artificial approach, but ends up being absolutely organic and full of allusions to nature: Winds of white noise, crackling open fires, the rustling of leaves and waves of echo are all part of this wonderous and wonderful world. Atonal piano lines melt into sweet harmonies, then dissolve and steer towards a strange but overwhelming finale; structures seem to feel their way through a maze. There’s a linearity in the pieces, without being strictly repetitive and they can do with the most minimal of instrumentation: “What it was” consists of nothing more than a beautiful little melody reminiscent of Massive Attacks’s “Future Proof”.

“Branches get rid of their roo” will disappoint all those who like their music easily cut out along a polar emotional divide: Sad, happy, sombre, joyful, aggressive, relaxed. They’re all present, albeit in a transmuted state. Rather, it’s the kind of album that you’ll love now and understand later. Simply put: This is the way future music could go.

Homepage: remot

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