GLIM - Music For Fieldrecordings

Glim - Music For Fieldrecordings

10 songs
50:28 minutes
***** ***
Karate Joe


A not so sharp photograph, shot in a weird light, depicting a stony beach, cold looking sea, some bleak mountains and a clouded sky. If it weren't for the motorboats and some bobbing heads in the water, you might as well be on a different planet. As disconnected as these people seem on the photographs, as eerie you will feel when listening to Music For Fieldrecordings by Glim, an album not even hinting at the artist or the title on the front cover.

Glim is the pseudoname by Austrian born Andreas Berger, who also plays with the bands Le Charmant Rouge, Mimi Secue, Contour and Songs of Suspects, who all also released albums on the Austrian indie label Karate Joe. Glim is far away from any band sound, instead Andreas Berger concentrates on experimental electro-acoustic sounds that take their roots in minimalist soundscapes, not unlike Philip Glass, or the more introspective releases from Jim O'Rourke or fellow Austrian B. Fleischmann.

The title of the album is misleading. The ten tracks are not really related to field recordings, but are interesting collages probably done on a laptop. Adding acoustic instruments to floating synth sounds and buzzing background sounds, you end up with an album being soothing and unnerving at the same time. What I like most about this music is how inaccessible it may seem at first, but once you lie down in bed, with this album running on endless repeat in the background, you start to visualise the essence of beauty inherent on Glim's compositions. Although most of the songs are rather short and fragmentary, they seem to float one into the other. While Drive-In, the second track, comes closest to being a "normal" song, it's also a pleasure for aficionados of minimalist music to let yourself drown in the quarter hour of Somewhere.

Music For Fieldrecordings is not a rock album, doesn't have that pretension, and anyone looking for something he can move his feet to is at the wrong address here, but fans of so-called indietronic music and laptop sounds will enjoy this quiet masterpiece for the new millennium.

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