Genre/Influences: IDM, minimal-electronics.
Format: Digital, Vinyl.
Content: The debut EP already reveals an impressive exposure from both artists writing skills, but it all feels like this second EP simply moves a step further. The analogue treatments are somewhat reminding me of Front 242’s “Geography” with some extra Suicide on top. It also has a deeply minimal touch created by endless sound manipulations and effects. The retro style is omnipresent. The work is mainly instrumental although there’s one song featuring vocals with a space effect on top.
+ + + : It remains fascinating to see how good-old analogue sound treatments can be refreshing. It’s not about innovation, but creativity adding an extra dimension to the work. Liebknecht has accomplished a phenomenal work, which from start till finish held me in its grip. It’s not just the addition of analogue sounds, but also the way these sounds have been constructed. It feels like the songs have been meticulously created. There are feelings of passion and devotion emerging from this work. The songs are going further than electro-minimalism. There’re also melodic passages running through the songs. I was also impressed by the solid bass lines and the progression of the cuts.
– – – : I don’t see any single minus points to make about this work and I sincerely hope Liebknecht will move on composing new great work.
Conclusion: Daniel Myer has his hand in numerous outstanding productions, but Liebknecht instantly became my personal favorite! Perfection is just an illusion, but this work comes damn close to it.
Best songs: “Hamburg”, “White In Blue – Album Edit”, “Köln”, “Overwrite”.
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