Majeure & Sankt Otten - Split

8 songs
43:20 minutes
***** ***

Majeure page / Sankt Otten page

On this simply titled Split release, two electronic artists team up to construct something like the unofficial sequel to the Blade Runner soundtrack. The A-side goes to Majeure, a name many of you may not be familiar with, although the man behind this project is no other than A.E. Paterra, drummer of the renowned synths’n’drum duo Zombi. After his solo album Timespan last year, he is now back with three new tracks that couldn’t be different from each other. The three-minute opener Moonbow works as an intro and is followed by the nearly eight minutes long The Traveller, which starts out quite softly before the beat underlines the genial sequencer arrangements, making this something like a more upbeat and driving Tangerine Dream. Majeure concludes with the dark and threatening Aleph Institute which feels more like a soundtrack atmosphere than a regular song. Although only the middle piece is in my eyes a work of purest genius, the three tracks still make for an intensive listening experience.

The B-side contains four songs by Sankt Otten, whose album Morgen wieder lustig came out last year. Back then I was positively surprised if not amazed by their mix of electronic ambiences and guitar melodies, but this all changes alone with their ten minute opener Es ist nicht alles Gott was glšnzt, a spectacular dramatic tour de force that will definitely give you goose bumps. This monster piece smartly builds up suspense and shows off some moving guitar lines Mike Oldfield and Robert Fripp would be proud of. The following three tracks all run between three and four minutes and gradually slow down the pace.

The CD version contains a collaborative bonus track where the musicians call themselves Sankt Majeure, but apart from being an interesting soundscape, it doesn’t live up to the preceding material. Split records of course work best on vinyl. In the case of Majeure and Sankt Otten, it must be said that no better constellation of bands could have been chosen. Their respective sounds, while not being alike, are still close enough to make for a good, uninterrupted listening experience. Techno fans will be happy with Split as a welcome chill-down opportunity, while electro and electronically inclined indie fans will be delighted by the intensely captivating sound worlds.

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