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Machinefabriek - Weeler [Lampse - 2007]

Weeler is Machinefabriek second non cdr/ ltd release, growing on the promise of last year debut album Marijn, also on Lampse lable. This double disk set shows more depth ,variation and understanding of his growing sound universe which touches down in: electronica, classical air, noise and droning soundtrack elements.

This collects together selected tracks from over 30 ltd 3” Cdr’s, but instead of just dumping random tracks on the two disks their seems to be really thought in creating a coercive and flowing double album. Machinefabriek litterly drags you into his strange electro/classical crossbred world, which finds him adding in new sound textures such as; acoustic juddering folk guitar work, a large use of varied classical string textures and more use of sourced environmental/ found sounds to build in more atmospheric  depth to tracks.

A few of my favourite moments appear in the form of disk ones; Hieperdepiep which start with lonesome moonlit guitar work that slowly engulfed by growing noise and textured sound storm. It's like hearing an enchanted melody play off over through a building sand storm as you struggle like a lost adventurer to find the guitars source. Latter on choir like voices are added suggesting you now lay exhausted on the desert floor hallucinating  angels, before he really lets the noise and electro sand storm take hold, dipping in power ever so often before roaring back up once more. Also on disk one is the elegant dawn sunrise string drone work of Wintervacht, which slowly engulfs you in it’s rich melodic, slight sad and awe inspiring grace, it's truly beautful. I think really these two tracks show Machinefabriek talent at been able on one level make one hell of a convincing and seething noise structures, but also able to carve such heart pulling melodic wonder out of his rich sonic structures.

A very rewarding and consistent double set that takes the listener through myriad of textures and emotions, with a real understand of how to affect one on an deep and moving level .

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Roger Batty
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