“Lebenswelt” is inspired by ambiguous and prophetic writings by Stefan George (1868-1933), German poet, editor and translator. It collects trio’s recordings from 2004-2005 depicting morose and apocalyptic visions of modern civilization. With certain references to German, French and Russian philosophy and symbolism, the album sounds massive, dark and retired.
RAIG records www.raig.ru
released July 15, 2006
"On here you'll find the artists combining elements taken from dark ambience, metal scraping of all shades, electro acoustic passages, sample manipulation, organic drones, frazzled electronic noise, field recordings (possibly) and a little bit of minimalist leanings. The whole post Industrial vibe is to be found throughout. The sound sculptures, or soundscapes are an act of desolate refinement. This is a sonically bleak recording that delves deep into the psyche. The music shifting on aural plains creating the most ingenious of oppressive atmospheres. Whether it be the slowly built up strung out tensions that abound, the inspired use of melancholy induced manipulated electronics, or the rhythmic beats that creep up unawares, the air is fuelled by an apocalyptic cry of intangible frailty and despair. There is so much to admire and nothing to fault on this recording. The act of utilising different musical genres has helped create an aural landscape tinged and seared by fear, loathing and dread... and all without isolating the listener in any shape or form. They drag you into their nightmarish scenario and allow your imagination free reign to decipher the sounds for yourself without resorting to shock tactics of any kind. A welcome change and one that makes this recording stand out from others of that ilk. To anyone with the slightest bit of interest in intense, and ultimately satisfying, experimental / post Industrial music then this first official release by Lebenswelt meets the bill. Their creative use of sound is masterly and a credit to them. That their release succeeds on so many levels testament to their undoubted talents. Pretty damn excellent all round if I say so myself. p.s. As for the 5 previous CDRs mentioned. I've no hope in hell of getting my grubby paws on them. They were distributed free only to acquaintances. I doubt a half decently written review will endear them that much to me. Isn't that always the way of things nowadays? Bugger!!" – by ANM of Aural Pressure (UK) (September 2006).
"On first listening I would have described Lebenswelt’s style as similar to Daniel Menche, but closer inspection has shown this to be wide of the mark, a comparison that doesn’t do Lebenswelt true justice. Theirs is a cleaner, more defined sound, sparse in comparison to Menche’s sonic overload, but equally inventive and innovative, compositions rather than constructions. Indeed, some parts of this album are almost breathtakingly orchestral in size, scope and emotional impact. Darkness and light, beauty and menace, rendered in sound against a backdrop of industrial decay. A damn fine release and a promise of many good things yet to come." – by DonTen of Heathen Harvest (USA) (February 2007).
The album was also reviewed at: Chain D.L.K. (Italy), Re:Gen Magazine (Sweden), Mechanoise Labs (France), Radiodrone (Russia).
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