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Klimperei — Blumenfabrik
(Ayaa cdt 1094, 1994, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01

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How many songs can you get on one CD? Well, the Residents did fifty on their Commercial Album, and Doctor Nerve came close to sixty on Beta 14 OK, so Klimperei with thirty-five is nowhere near the limit. But it takes a lot to put that many ideas on to a disc and keep it interesting all the way through. Klimperei is the French duo of Françoise and Christophe Petchanatz, playing mainly piano, with some violin, accordion, bass, bass clarinet, saxes, guitar, and other instruments added incidentally. Each of these 'miniatures' lasts typically only about two minutes, the whole approach being very minimalist, maybe two pianos, or a piano and one or two other instruments, arrangements all kept very sparse. Melodically lean, their avant-garde approach uses no rock, few drums, and no vocals – yet there is enough variance between each of these pieces to keep it interesting for the duration of each and the entire album. Things get particularly more interesting after track eight, when other instruments start coming into the mix. Fans of Zazou / Racaille and similarly inclined music will find plenty here to enjoy.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1994 releases

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