Ambiq: 2 (Arjunamusic, 2015)January 20, 2016 at 10:37 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Electro-jazz collaboration between techno artist Max Loderbauer (Sun Electric, NSI), clarinetist Claudio Puntin, and drummer Samuel Rohrer. The album is heavy with modular synths and other electronics, but this is clearly a jazz album, sounding improvised and barely controlled. Some of the tracks have steady drum beats, but not always through the entire song, and there’s no bass player, so the rest of the sounds sort of float around the percussion without really latching onto a groove. Some of the sounds echo and feel like reflections off a body of water rather than the actual objects. The album’s most bizarre, mutated moment is the gleefully trippy “Mytoprill”, which drapes a crashing drum rhythm with layers of flanged-out, acid-fried synths. “Naked George” and “Ephemera” are short, minimal, beatless experiments with eerie, theremin-like tones. “The Sedge” has fractured, arrhythmic drumming and blippy, bubbling synths. The album ends with the crystalline “Consolation”, one of its most calm, reflective pieces.