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Cicadidae

Kammerflimmer KollektiefAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • ASIN: B0000ALFYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Neumond Inselhin
2. Sie Tranken Regen
3. Uber Die Wasserscheide
4. Blood
5. ...Denn Nacht Ist Jetzt Schon Bald!
6. Sie Tranken Regen (Version)
7. Mantra
8. Eiderdaunen (Gerupft)
9. Irgendwann: Fruhling
10. There's A Weight On You, But You Can't Feel It

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cicadidae December 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album when I was living in Barcelona. My time in Spain was not the holiday fun that you or I might imagine. I was broke, sad, and working for a few bucks an hour at a restaurant full of crazy people. My musical creativity had come to a grinding halt with no money to fix broken equipment and no time to make music after the long hours at work. Luckily, my roommate ran a record label so my apartment was piled high with new and interesting music. Kammerflimmer Kollektief's album Cicadidae bubbled to the surface in the sea of CDs and somehow captured the harsh beauty that my life was at that point.
Shimmering and elusive, each track is a brilliantly orchestrated little story of brass, strings and percussion with grinding, crackly, computer-programmed noise and beats all melded together to form a seamless organic entity. Electronic elements woven together with instrumental improvisation, or is it the other way around? It's the kind of music that makes my heart feel tangy beauty and longing captured in pristine simplicity, yet it has the noise and imperfections of the real world. Meditative music for our harsh world. A soundtrack of inspiration for a society gone mad.
No matter how crazy life seemed to get, I could listen to this album and things somehow seemed, I don't know, not better, but it was okay that things weren't okay. Like the natural ebb and flow of confusion and inspiration made sense.
Based in southern Germany, the six-person Kollektief describes itself as a collective expression by musicians communicating with each other in the spaces between control and loss of control, intuition and reflection, density and transparency. Cicadidae is their third release on the brilliant Berlin-based label Staubgold ([...]).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, thoughtful music January 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes adding the right amount of melodic, accessible material to the right amount of discordance results in something that is both interesting and music - that's the case here. Experimental, off-kilter elements, at certain moments quite discordant, with added static and little background noises throughout, never quite drown out underlying wistful melodies, adding up to a thoughtful, reflective listen. It comes across as mellow, at times almost sentimental, without becoming muzak, and at the same time disruptive without becoming noise. Reminiscent of a more laid back Tortoise in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kammerflimmer Kollektief - Cicadidae February 24, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Kammerflimmer Kollectief re-emerge with CICADIDAE, a delicious blend of jazz, electronics, and general insanity. For instance, "Neumond Inselhin" starts off with some lovely strings, then gradually adds strange electronic noodlings, and finally ends with a gentle guitar line. "Über Die Wasserscheide" and "...Denn Nacht Ist Jetzt Schon Bald!" both sound like complementary soundtracks to a lonely Western (though the latter devolves into some IDM glitch towards the end), while "Mantra" is slightly icier in its tone. "Eierdaunen (Gerupft)" is similarly cool, but with a tinge of melancholy; "Irgendwann: Frühling" is more uplifting -- almost dreamy. As a whole, the Kammerflimmer Kollectief is reminiscent of the Cinematic Orchestra (if they were allowed full improvisational free-rein) mixed with Jaga Jazzist (if they weren't so frenetic). Is that a bad thing? Not at all.
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