Genre/Influences: Experimental, IDM, industrial-techno.
Background/Info: Behind this less familiar project is hiding the Japanese artist Shouji Sakurai. After a few productions released on Faktoria, Gutenberg has signed to Ant-Zen to unleash “Unnecessary Bronze”.
Content: The work is filled with diversity; a sonic cocktail from experimental sound treatments, IDM, industrial noises, drones and industrial-techno. Repetitive loops are leading the listener into frenetic dance moves while the last tracks of the album became more sophisticated while holding on to a danceable rhythm.
+ + + : There’s an interesting approach in sound featured at this work. There’s a classical industrial format, which has been merged together with multiple other influences. Power-noise and industrial-techno are coming together creating a refreshing production. Retro elements have been used to create something visionary. One of the most noticeable elements is in the trumpet sound emerging at “People, Singing Voice, Iron Pile”. Both last cuts from the work excel in sound intelligence while being a little less minimal as well.
– – – : One of the ‘retro’ elements I’m missing in the injection of a few spoken samplings or even a few vocals effects.
Conclusion: If you never heard of Gutenberg before it for sure is worthy of examination. This is a modern work based upon retro elements.
Best songs: “Doze A Pace”, “People, Singing Voice, Iron Pile”, “Vested Rights & Interests”, “Guy’s Kitchen”.