Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Humbucking Coil - B. Fleischmann (RIPPED OFF '07)

The Humbucking Coil

Morr Music Records.

SCQ Rating: 80%

I had wanted to purchase this several times throughout 2006, but failed to locate it until by accident in February of 07. Zangief and I were on a record-run during a weekend of drinking; he picked up Deerhoof’s Friend Opportunity, I grabbed Mr. B.Fleischmann. The two day venture was mostly soundtracked by Do Make Say Think and Xiu Xiu, but on the morning I left, I connected to the mellow electronic tones which felt all too nostalgic as I stared over the winter balcony into a city I’d lived in for quite some time, and would be leaving for far longer.

B. Fleischmann has long been an essential contributor to the Morr Music sound, and ‘Broken Monitors’ proves how indispensable his relaxed beats are to the German label’s impressive catalogue. The focus of Humbucking Coil is Fleischmann’s interest in the guitar, and throughout this tight eight-song collection, he weaves its subtle tones into memorable slow-grooves. For those who argue it can become homogenous, they’re not wrong; Fleischmann turns the same trick here more than twice. But it’s hard to argue with such lovely results, especially with collaborator Christof Kurzmann taking occasional vocal duties. It’s a well-planned album and a must-listen/first-step for anyone interested in discovering electronica.

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