Sankt Otten + N: Männerfreundschaften Und Metaphysik (Denovali Records, 2016)December 4, 2016 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Sankt Otten have released over a dozen albums/EPs since 1999, but that’s nothing compared to N, who has about four dozen, apparently. Both artists are pretty hard to keep up with (especially N, my god). I’ve heard Sankt Otten described as trip-hop, but that must apply to their earlier stuff, because this is far from that league. This is a series of eight lengthy improvisations, which tend to be dark and noisy. “Massiere die Maschine” is a lengthy Krautrock thriller, which heads straight into the heart of despair with its motorik rhythm and rustling guitars and pianos. “Manchmal Schmeckt Nichtmal Der Kaffee” is more of a slow, weary crawl through an endless dark tunnel with no indication of an exit. “Auf Drei Lassen Wir Los”… so bleak and doomy, but not at all doom metal. Creeping nightmare soundtrack. “Milchmädchen Und Herrenschokolade” seems like it might be looking upward, somewhat. Then “Diese Bessere Welt Ist Auch Nicht Besser” is just cold and unforgiving. Magnificent album.