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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