Andreas Spechtl — Thinking about Tomorrow, and How to Build It
(Bureau B BB278, 2017, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-10-25
Andreas Spechtl is a Berlin-based musician who spent two winter months in Tehran, Iran recording Thinking about Tomorrow, and How to Build It that is scheduled for release on November 10, 2017. This new album is a breath of fresh air. Each of the ten tracks provides inventive, experimental, diverse, and easily approachable music. In addition to electronics, Andreas uses samples of instruments and other sounds, plus saxophone. There is something about these compositions that remind me of Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, and their collaborations plus post punk musicians Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, Der Plan, and Pyrolator. The music is a mixture of electronic experimental instrumentals and songs, sometimes with vocoded vocals. Winter in Tehran can be very cold, forcing people to remain indoors, which provided Andreas a considerable amount of time to reflect and compose. The entire album is wonderful, and it's difficult to single out specific high points. Suffice it to say that the music is quite inventive, something that we do not hear produced these days. The diversity of the tracks is a welcome relief to the track-to-track sameness that is currently so prevalent. If you are a fan of experimental and inventive music that stays away from being avant garde, then this album is for you.
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