Kobosil: We Grow, You Decline (Ostgut Ton, 2016)

March 17, 2016 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Kobosil: We Grow, You Decline

Kobosil: We Grow, You Decline

The first thing this artist name reminds me of is Hobo Barf, an imaginary band name made up by Longmont Potion Castle. I can’t see the name Kobosil without thinking Hobo Barf, I just can’t. Kobosil’s new album is not a split with Basilica Gel, nor is it made by a band of musical gnomes. Instead, it’s a Berlin-based dude who makes minimal, atmospheric techno which hisses and pulses. Tracks like “Reflection” and “The Exploring Mountain” have muted kick drums and synths which seem to gaze off rather than hone in. “Aim For Target” appropriately seems a little more focused, gradually moving closer and getting more intense but only really moving into clear view for a brief moment. “When I Speak” has eerie swirling voices taunting you, and “Eihwaz” is slow, creepy, ominous, and almost threatening. “You Answered With Love” has even more creepy, evil, cackling voices, and this time there’s a beat attached. “They Looked On” is another frightful, haunted track with a ticking beat. There’s plenty of tracks on this album that will work in a DJ mix set, but overall the album seems more concerned with sneaking up and scaring the bejeezus out of you.

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