Pita - Get On [Editions Mego - 2019]So for today’s review, we have the latest release from Edition Mego runner, Peter Rehberg AKA Pita. The release Get On follows from Peter’s 2016 release Get in, and finds the former Magma keyboardist in familiar territory; glossy minimal blasts of rhythmic synthesis interspersed with moody ambience, and harsher Haswell style digi-noise (Russell Haswell mastered this it seems? So Cool).
Right off the bat, the first ten minutes of this record just didn’t grab me. I’m hardly the person to write about this sort of sound but it’s just not my thing. It's hard to put subjective feeling on sound into words, but things that get called minimal techno or similar need to catch me at the right time for me to dig it, otherwise it's lost on me (unlike your Compactor/Rien style Rhythmic Noise wall that I vibe super hard). But everything afterward this initial underwhelmedment is mint, I like slow leaking pensive and ambient sounds a lot, especially when it doesn’t have a strong “modular guy twiddling” vibe. It’s interesting how fluid the album is and how much it focuses on been a well-flowing album with a tonne of variety. I note that you get a strong sense of A and B sides with the demarcation at the 17-minute mark which is cool (I hope there’s a Mego tape!).
One thing I will say (and I could legitimately be assuming too much about a guy’s life) but I know I’ve listened to the releases he did with Z’ev or the old Charlemagne album on Staalplat and his contributions to these carried across very well because (I assumed then) he wasn’t center of the show. I expected that Rehberg (like many other folk who’ve dedicated their lives to label over the past couple decades) wouldn’t have a particularly well defined artistic voice. Thankful this is not the case here, as Get On is a well-crafted & distinctive album from someone who clearly has honed their sound by being a lifelong devotee to other people's work.A. Cooley