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MC $6.00

04/16/2013  

NNF 274 


MP3 $5.99

03/08/2013 655035827445 

 


Moon Wheel's mellowed Kosmische laboratory research was originally conducted with the dream of cell-welding the loose, lunar lunacy of Moondog with Clara Mondshine's planetary rhythm trances (particularly "Die Drachentrommler" – played at 33, not 45, of course) but a relocation to Berlin steered the project in a starker, more technological direction. After years spent in Melbourne and a stint in a remote Swedish lodge, Herr M. Wheel aka Olle Holmberg finally consolidated hours of fractured workshop compositions into the eight uncanny absorptions composing this self-titled debut. Opening with the stark, mad scientist synth throbs of "Elbsandsteingebirge," the tape unfolds through weirdo dubby groove deconstructions ("ÁlæifR"), Agitation Free-style exotic bazaar jazz/jam fusions ("Arecaceae"), and even one FX-haunted sci-fi guitar raga ("Valhöll") before ebbing into the more mechanized, dry ice formalities of the Berlin-birthed B side. The eerie, industrial skeletons of "Brontide" and "The Weather" conjure an unsettling, melancholy, ghosts-in-the-machine mood, the sound of derelict robotics factories whispering code in the dead of night. A subtle, captivating collection by an impressively unpredictable producer with ideas to spare. Pro-dubbed cassettes in Yoga Records-inspired 3-panel full-color J-cards designed by Holmberg, with a cover painting by Die Brücke avant-gardist Ernst Kirchner. Edition of 100.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Elbsandsteingebirge

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  2. #2 ÁlæifR

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  3. #3 Arecaceae

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  4. #4 Walpurga

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  5. #5 Vahöll

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  6. #6 Brontide

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  7. #7 The Weather

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  8. #8 Four Formless Absorptions

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