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Album Review

Cicadidae is the natural outcome of Kammerflimmer Kollektief's evolution from a hybrid jazz electronic outfit to experimental improvisers and finds the band actually playing as a band with brass and string instruments, electronics, drums, and keyboards. It makes Kammerflimmer a sort of Black Dice for downtempo ambient music — while their lush, tweaked sounds (and decidedly warm tones) are similar to both Four Tet and Manitoba, the songs on Cicadidae have a much looser rock feeling. Take "Neumond Inselhin," which starts the album off with a gentle ticking, gurgling, and chiming that turns to a genuine string melody and then a subtly buzzing cacophony. The song doesn't so much evolve from one phase to the other as it just sort of dances back and forth, like insects in the moonlight on a summer night (hence the cicadas). There's a remarkable range to the music that conjures Kammerflimmer's dreamy surrealism — from the Múm-esque chimes of "Blood" to the clearly Western-inspired (and somewhat caustic) "...Denn Nacht Ist Jetzt Schon Bald!" (Ennio Morricone meets Steve Reich?). It's this openness and spontaneity that makes Kammerflimmer Kollektief's music so thrilling — after all, the very next track is a Björk-ian dark pop song, followed by a spare, techno jazz groove on "Mantra." Kammerflimmer's ideas are so original that they may seem far-flung to those uninitiated with experimental music, but their delivery is so inviting and hypnotic that it makes Cicadidae unusually accessible.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Originally starting out as a one-man bedroom recording project of ambient noises and electronica for Thomas Weber, Kammerflimmer Kollektief would eventually expand into a six-piece collective by 1999. Along with Christopher Brunner, Dietrich Foth, Johannes Frisch, Anne Vortisch, and Heike Wendelin, the band would play throughout their native of Karlsruhe, Germany, before signing a deal with Payola Records in the year of their formation. This resulted in their 1999 debut full-length, Maander, and...
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Cicadidae, Kammerflimmer Kollektief
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 19 August 2003

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