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Thomas Weber's debut album, Maander, serves as the template for this moody batch of drone-based improvisations. Expanding the Kollektief to a sextet, Weber gave each member a copy of Maander to study the structure and tones, later assembling them to reinterpret the original recording. Guitar, strings, sax, bass and drums, in addition to Weber's synthesizer, are given free reign, resulting in a bristling yet lush soundscape. Think of a combination of AMM, Miles Davis, and the Soft Machine. The music moves at a deliberate pace and, though many elements come into play, the steady drone of the synthesizer keeps everything anchored. An exception to this occurs on the short track, "Rand," with the group exploding into a brief free-jazz frenzy but overall, elements of layered ambient repetition and avant-rock are the main focus, giving the music a brooding, haunting quality. The cover art, a dense lyrical abstract painting by violinist Heike Wendelin, devoid of written information, further reinforces this element of mystery. --Wally Shoup
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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • ASIN: B00005Q6OT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The tongue-twisting Kammerflimmer Kollectief deliver INCOMMUNICADO, which the liner notes mention are "improvisations." And certainly, there's plenty of improvisational spirit on these tracks, like the crazed, frenzied horns on "Nachtwach." The long "Gras" veers from a rhythmic wave of drum rolls and brass into an extended meditation with a bass guitar and feedback halfway through, only to resume some of the original energy towards the end. "Rand," on the other hand, is a chaotic interlude that sounded like a zoo unleashed in a jazz orchestra; "Venti Latir" is much more structured and has an almost baroque string opening, while "Kissen" rolls in the darkness. In general, an interesting album -- it almost has the feel of a live free-jazz session -- but a bit too unfocused to hit its mark.
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this German post rock group makes splendidly hyponotic music that mesmerizes the listener with it's jazzy repetition. the pieces on Incommunicado are improvisational musical sketches from the group's Maander album. while that record was a bit more cold and detached, Incommunicado takes the music to a darker and deeper depths. it's far too active to be ambient, but it does have a certain drone quality...but that drone is usually interupted by squawking saxaphones, bustling drums, and screeching violin jumping out with short, calculated free jazz outbursts. this technique could get a bit stale and a little worn out by the album 's end, but things are kept on a tight leash and before you know it, the album is over. it's an entertaining and compelling musical journey that shows alot of daring and adventerous thinking. and while not quite as rewarding an album as Maander was, it's nice to hear a band breaking down the structures of their own songs and toying with them as freely as they feel the need. it's open season for interpretation...and you're invited along for the hunt.
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