LOW FREQUENCY ORCHESTRA & WOLFGANG MITTERER – Mole

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I have listened to this CD several times, always remaining not persuaded. The peculiar orchestration – which includes two double basses, two recorders, drums and organ besides vocal components and various kinds of electronics – in conjunction with the ensemble’s name elicited the idea of some sort of growling monster with a degree of improvisation. In part, that corresponds to truth; but there’s also a distinct dimension of anguish, more than ever when the voices emerge from the general magma. The extreme fragmentariness is not helpful in affirming coherence, even if it prevents the whole from falling into stylistic staleness. The lack of comparable settings is a plus, for the music does possess a measure of uniqueness – the lone composer who came to mind during short glimpses of action was Hermann Nitsch, with due proportions of course. Still, every time that the record ended, this reviewer was left with a corner of the mouth bent upwards, a typical sign of perplexity that classifies his experience with unconvincing records. The only way to let you vaguely understand how this stuff sounds would be a frame-by-frame description; the fact is that this is useless, and ultimately undeserved. A few interesting segments in a scarcely palatable sonic hodgepodge are not enough for its complete approval.

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