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Christina Kubisch - Night Flights [Important Records - 2008]

This is a fascinating, highly rewarding, often haunted & always inventive reissue of an small pressing album from 1987 by this (unknown to me) German sound/ambient artist that manages to keep you intrigued throughout its running time.

As the album title Night Flights suggest this has a wonderful rich nocturnal vibe- that goes from benign beautiful, strange, eerier, doomy and creepy. In all there are three tracks that make up the albums just over forty minute running time. The first piece is entitled The Cats dream and begins with a haunting repetitive synth throb on top of which are layered a collage of night bird/insect like sounds, wet noises & walking sound. As the piece progresses the synth, flute and more musical elements disappear and reappear either in the background or taking centre stage, as Kubisch places sound elements around them with a real understanding for dramatics to make an atmosphere you can almost breath. The next track is the title track and starts off with a sound texture akin to being swept along by a birds wings into the night sky, as the track opens up it has a strange dreamy almost doomy electro jazz feel about it utilizing the sounds of a tublar glass horn, Synare s3x and sampled natural sounds.

Lastly We have Circles III that strips down the samples from the first two tracks and users just alto flute, delay and voice courtesy of Roberto Laneri to build a hypnotic, beautiful and meditate drone unfold. It still keeps the feeling of nightime, but this feels more like 3 am when no other noises are present except the hum of the night itself, the darkness seems so silky, endless and magical- towards the end of the track it feels like the sky is starting to lighten with dawns slow arrival. The track really is utterly haunting and compelling and a fine end/closure to the album.

An superb and welcome reissue of this highly inventive, original and beautiful sound art/ambient work that I’m sure will now be deservedly hailed as a classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5

Roger Batty
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