Solvognen returns to Disco Insolence with his interpretation of ambient. Less beat focused than it's predecessor IKB, RG marks a move into previously uncharted territory for Solvognen. The results have been titled according to a reference that he is so far keeping close to his chest. Any guesses should be directed to him as he is the only party that knows.
SOLVOGNEN: "R.G." (STREAMOFCONSCIOUSNESS MICROREVIEW RMX)
Red tape! Red tape!
Dunno how many times I gotta say I'm a fan of Solvognen - I am, I am! Red tape! Red tape! -- reviewed his split with Chaz Dolo (1, 2 years ago?; pfft: the years sliiiiide by and I've lost my way in the temporal maze, duuude; "only the echoes of mah mind...") on one of my collapsible / portable / long-migrated legacy blogs - the Posterous one? the Tumblr one? - who knows / cares; well, anyway, the review's gone now, ripped and stripped from the web and archived in a h/drive zip somewhere, a rewritable-memory backpocket -- ah, no: nah, nah; time-frame's out; was only a year ago and there's a rebump here: but I dig his stuff to the max, fer sure /// this is darn good, but do I like it as much as what came before? No, maybe not quite as much - something's, um, missing here; a certain fogginess and indeterminacy that I dug is absent on this one - hard to quantify what, exactly, w/out retrawling, but it's purely a personal / subjective call -- this is still a very good listen, though, and continues to grow on me w/ every play (so, maybe ask me in a couple months and it might turn out to be my favourite Solv somewhen dn the road); it's still head and shoulders above a lot of other stuff I've heard this year apart from maybe Hobo Cubes and most of Louis' stuff // heresy, I know, but I don't much like Basic Channel / dubbed-out minimal Berlin Techno - I think it's fucking over-rated tbh / dreary / music for EQnerds and sweater-wearing pre-club drinkieclub dwellers and hi-fi buff-boffs -- but, zis (along with Gentleforce) works way better on my ears than the Teutonic Mono-Mandelbrot minimal brigade; it's got some bloody heart; I like resolutely the un-Detroity Ashra circa '75 / '76 vibe going on here: Techno takes a wrong-turn and slips off down a side-road; goes cross-country but w/out the bumps - this is stripped of the 'soul' roots of the various strands that evolved from the Detroit Trio, but has its own languid, soft-centred (almost rural) beauty -- the synthlines ebb and flow like the globules in a lava-lamp; gently dubbed-out, vaseline-lensed, cross-temporal, littoral / tide-line Techno...sounds like some games being played here with varispeed / digistretttch n tempo-adjustment give it a sense of gentle warp-age, of analogue tape subtly elongati-iing thru a tape-transport // but, well // my lack of experience w/ modulars might be missing a point here; bogus stoned emaculate, yet, equally, it avoids sounding like that gawdawful Hippy-Tech crap that chugged on for 2 snoozefilled decades post-Megadog // o-o-or the Mego-signed TD-revivalists / 00-clones of 4, 5 years back (Emeralds' earlier stuff was waaay better; no, really; but, having said that, they were fun live, pumping out their Heritage FakeKrautism, smoke-and-brandy mind-varnish / vanish music...); so, yeah, Mr. Solvognen is 'ahead' of / to one side of the Juno-6 / 60 wielding YouTube-grazing past-reinventing pack of recent years and well worth a few bucks of yr heard-earned cash and
ear-minutes but it you're looking for grit and grot and *ahem* danger, you won't find it hear (sic) apart from maybe that mid-range foghornish / notquiteominous intro to "M.K.", but there's a scuffed, slightly distressed edge to this music; it's not all smooth Nooo New Age contours / continu-um neither -- at points it nudges up into the red / distorto zone / wears its production chops on its sleeves, digging that left-of-curtain reveal of process here and there, and the crackle and occasional frequency-rip-n-rupture don't feel too contrived or artificial, great use of echo (did I say that already?) and love the semi-auto-anonomising of titles via initialising which makes up a little for that certain something that's missing cf w previous jams and - ohmydeargod! - did I say that "U.T." is fucking gorgeouslovely and this could still yet (possibly) turn into my fave Solvcollection but just go awaay now and let me live with this