An exquisite record, and well worth the wait. There is simply no one else making this type of music with such consistent excellence. As a bonus, our 13 year artist has decided this is his new favorite painting music.
Favorite track: Sanatorium Pod Klepsydra.
Finally a sign of life and a new full length of the German cult trio after five years of silence. Already formed in the late nineties in Berlin, Dictaphone was born by Brussels-bred multi-instrumentalist Oliver Doerell. In 2000 Oliver Doerell found a partner in Berlin's Roger Döring, who shares Doerell's love for the Brussels-based music of the eighties. In the following years the duo and several guest musicians (e.g. Stephan Wöhrmann (SWOD) , Malka Spigel (Minimal Compact) & more) released the critically highly acclaimed "m.= addiction" (2002), the "Nacht" EP (2004) and "Vertigo II" (2006) via the City Centres Offices label of Thaddeus Herrmann and Shlom Sviri (Boomkat, Modern Love). In 2009 the violin player Alex Stolze joined the band. During their two decades of existence Dictaphone played shows in more than 20 countries with festival appearances at Mutek, Transmediale, Unsound, Benicassim & more. Their latest release "Poems from a rooftop" from 2012 came as a very limited edition through the Berlin-based boutique label Sonic Pieces. The new album "APR 70" is the first Denovali release of Dictaphone. The label will also reissue the past repertoire of the trio.
The new album features the three Dictaphone core members Oliver Doerell (electronics, bass, guitar), Roger Döring (saxophone, clarinet) and Alex Stolze (violins) and has been composed and produced over the course of three years. While the vibraphone and the more easily distinguishable guitar among other things gave a certain presence to the tracks on the previous album "Poems from a rooftop", "APR 70" leaves the listener with a much more muffled impression. It feels as if each of the uncountable layers of which the intricate arrangements are made has just the right amount of contrast to be visible, but there are only very few moments where one of the elements noticeably dominates the others. The cool jazz bits, analogue flourishes, hypnotic rhythms and refined electronics feed a dark serpent-like creature meandering in ever-changing morphologies through shapeless landscapes. "APR 70" is the perfect cocoon for the hazy days and the serene nights. A new incarnation, maybe even definition, of purity.
Dictaphone never make music for the sake of it, they always want to create something which was missing before. And they did.
Praise for Dictaphone:
"minimalistic and subliminal elegancy" (ARTE)
"timeless, unusual & beautiful" (Colin Newman)
"Dictaphones gives warmth to the concept, your thoughts a body and atmosphere to the music" (Spex)
"This is the music to fall in love with over many evenings, each subsequent rotation capturing another moment of time to be recalled in the future. Highly recommended" (Headphone Commute)
"When played from a rooftop, this music may be as quiet as a poem, but it carries the power of a manifesto." (A Closer Listen)
Fantastic trip into the various worlds of this artist; still while being ‘different’ interpretations of art, there remains a kind of thread between each work which I sense as having an old dusty cinematic feel. One thing that grabs me and pulls me back into this album multiple listens is the detail of the experimental stitching together of unrelated sounds to form aural sceneries doused in wonder. Every single track from opening experimental intro to the enigmatic (and severely hypnotic) conclusion are significantly seductive. At times Struktura recalls the entrancing works of orchestral cinematic smokey jazz loops of the likes of what one discovers in Biosphere’s music. Struktura keeps a unique vintage vitality of its own design to be sure. Highly recommended (as always, bring a good set of phones to really get inside) Ews Nsj