German Army: Of Babongo tape (Discrepant, 2015)

August 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

German Army: Of Babongo tape

German Army: Of Babongo tape

Released on Discrepant, a world music-leaning experimental label with releases by Kink Gong, Old Komm, and Mutamassik (and apparently a new Mike Cooper LP later this year), this could potentially be viewed as German Army at their most Muslimgauze-esque. Or if not him, someone who’s likely to sample traditional-sounding folk instruments from a remote corner of the globe, combined with lo-fi industrial rhythms. This tape does oddly seem a bit more down-to-earth (or maybe out-in-the-open) than a typical German Army tape. Most of the tracks segue into each other, so it has more of a collage feel, and it’s just more cohesive. Plus it just seems like there’s more purpose to this tape than some of the other stuff I’ve heard by them. German Army at their most mystic? Something like that. It’s incredible.

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