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Esmark: Tones from a Glacial Engine - The Audiophile Man
Title: Māra I / Māra II Label: Bureau B I’m sure that there’s not too many groups out there that have been named after a glacier. This one has, it’s in Spitzbergen, in case you’re interested. This CD is a collaboration between two chaps, the sound architect Nikolai von Sallwitz (you may have heard of him from Taprikk Sweezee or Karachi Files) and the experimental artist Alsen Rau (again, you may know him from Scheich in China or On+Brr). They are not strangers to each other, though. They’ve been working on projects as a pair since 2001. Esmark has used a number of “drum computers” and “synth boxes” to provide an analogue feel to their music with a host of sound effects and filters to change the texture and tone. Other noises have been recorded onto tape and fed into the mix. And, really, that’s why this album gives you more than anything else: texture. Yes there are bass beat-driven tracks here but a lot of the music sees rhythms which are independent and monotonous in their form. They interact with effects and noises to then provide a complex drone suite that tells you more about the life of that …