Echoing the stripped down approach of Yves De Mey’s recent ace ‘Exit Strategies Part 1’, the results are all dead abstract, and range from what sounds like a protein-gargling alien vocaloid in his ‘Holy Whisper’ parts, thru to bouts of ultra iridescent, deliquescent, gurning lushness in the ‘Fluid Noise’ bits, and a couple of astringent, unsettling ‘Cleaning’ numbers.
Simon Cummings on 5against4:
“A sense of coherence is strong, these entirely imaginary ‘instruments’ guided by Hennes into vast slabs of constantly-changing colouration and texture, sometimes bearing all the hallmarks of a direct assault, elsewhere dissolving into spacious dronal episodes of near-stasis, and even a strange kind of gruff dialogue between alien strings and woodwind. Throughout, timbral qualities are nicely ambiguous, at the cusp of sounding acoustic or electronic, reinforced by the untempered nature of its pitch relationships, and there’s a fitting sense of tension permeating everything, suggesting that at any moment the entire music could tilt on its axis into something entirely different. Genuinely some of the most exciting and beautiful music i’ve ever heard.”
Boomkat (CD already out of stock!):
'Emperor Ambassador' is a remarkable and beguiling enquiry from the avant-garde. Volker Hennes' follow-up to the sensory investigations of 'Ewok Poltergeist Revelation' again subtly yet acutely challenges our perceptions, this time with particular regard to percussion. Highly recommended.
Julian Cowley in The Wire:
“Accordion, trombone, clarinet, cello, double bass — all part of a phantom ensemble that doesn’t perform on Emperor Ambassador, although timbres and textures might tell you otherwise. Embodied sound- generating action meshes with active listening. Hennes has had a neat idea and produced a remarkable recording.”
THE KNOB, THE FINGER & THE IT
ANTHONY MOORE & THE MISSING PRESENT BAND - THE PRESENT IS MISSING (LP)
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Ewok Poltergeist Revelation I