Phantom Horse: Different Forces LPDecember 6, 2015 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Umor Rex has been unearthing quality oddities for a while now. Without looking too far into the backstory of this one (except to see that they put out an album on Dekorder a few years ago), this is top-notch Krautrocky minimal electronic stuff. It starts out a bit nebulous, but then it settles into Berlin-school arpeggios and eventually there’s trippy beats and seagull-like clarinet. The beats are usually pretty light and unobtrusive, but they’re as steady as the calm, percolating rhythms. The 15-minute “Belegte Welt” has the strongest pulse and the most adventurous guitars and ping-ponging, almost 8-bit-sounding synths. All of this is swell, it definitely evokes the Krautrock sound without sounding retro or directly copying anyone.