“Monstrance” is their first album together and is released June 2013 and consist of drone works and pulsating electronic minimalism but also guitar, acoustic elements, organs and metal percussion. It was recorded in Einstürzende Neubauten’s Berlin studio during an intense session in early summer of 2010. “Monstrance” is a place where Vainio’s and Nordwall’s backgrounds as musicians and composers meet, and something new and extremely powerful is born. Something deep, raw and direct…
released August 20, 2013
Artwork & photography: Jon Wozencroft
Mika Vainio – Electric Guitar, Processing, Metallic Percussion.
Joachim Nordwall – Electronics, Electric Bass Guitar, Metal Objects, Hammond Organ, Vibraphone.
Recorded in Berlin at Studio Schwedenstrasse one day in June 2010. Recording Engineer: Marco Paschke. Mixed and Mastered by Daniel M. Karlsson in Stockholm at Elektronmusikstudion.
Easily one of the best the best albums released this year.
Fennesz has created an ambient masterpiece by digging deep into some of the more familiar elements of deep ambient, but in shaking the soil, giving them a new lease of life and power.
The bass elements are deeply textured; a course drone, resembling a mumble.
There's certainly a melodic element, but they are contextualised into a somewhat dissonant soundscape, which is what gives the compositions their resonance.
Superb. Michael Mueller