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Borngräber & Strüver

urlaub/in g

(m=minimal; US: 9 Oct 2012; UK: import)

There seems to be a long tradition of stripped-down, minimalist music in Germany. This is sometimes totally awesome: Tangerine Dream or Neu!, for instance. But let’s face it: there is also a lot of catatonically boring minimalist German techno out there capable of putting a meth addict to sleep. It would not be fair to lump Borngräber & Strüver into this category, but they have some of the same tendencies and shortcoming of this type of stuff, and I’ll bet that if we were to sneak a peak at their record collections we would find a bunch of excessively minimalist techno that requires highly specialized ears to enjoy or tell the difference between. Of the two LPs being combined here, in g is a good deal more engaging than urlaub. The Kraftwerk influence is much stronger on in g; it feels warm, fun, and spacious. urlaub tries to be “spacey” without ever being really atmospheric; it is quasi-ambient music without any real ambience. It is kind of a shame that these two records have been squashed together because urlaub is kind of pointless, while in g is pretty neat; the former definitely detracts from the latter.

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Benjamin Hedge Olson is a writer, ethnographer, scholar, and teacher based in Greensboro, North Carolina. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Olson is currently an Instructor in Cultural Studies at American InterContinental University. You can contact him via LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/benjamin-hedge-olson/86/b74/a5a


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