- Release Date 2017-10-20
- Label Cocoon Recordings
- Catalog CORCD041DIGITAL
Musically, of course, theres enormous pressure on EXTRAWELT to deliver, but this is dismissed witha playful disregard and they are clearly focused on the job in hand. The album title "Fear Of An ExtraPlanet" sounds cinematic, like some art-house science fiction film, without giving too much away.However, from the first seconds of the opening track "Superposition", the album title makes 100%%sense and sets the scene for the rest of the trip. We are immersed in wide open spaces and invited toexplore dark and dusky worlds that transport us back to their Border Community years. Timeless andelegant, "Superposition" perfectly captures the epic, dream like quality that made James Holden's labelso influential.
Second up, "Gott ist Schrott" takes a much more minimalist approach with its retro 80s drumprogramming, monster bass lurking in the breaks and playful Rhodes/synth riffs that span the dividebetween early German techno and deep Detroit electro with a distinctive film soundtrack aesthetic."Oddification" continues this theme, adding extra spice reminiscent of the techno-synth vibe of Detroitwith a punchy, almost Prodigy-style breakbeat complete with shredded vocal samples that gives us ataste of whats in store. "Gentle Venom" then takes the breakbeat motif to the next stage. The mainfocus here is the classy sprinter of a bassline, peppered with a flurry of intricate and subtle effects andmodulations, that immediately trigger an intense, movie-like in pursuit feeling.
With Das Grosse Flimmern" we cautiously approach the albums high point. Its still in keeping withthe soundtrack aesthetics, but faster and with more urgency. Almost hypnotically, Extrawelt invade uswith an energy and impetus that always radiates from their music. Next in line is "Silly Idol" and hereArne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe opt again for a more minimal tack, focusing even moreintensely on the dance floor to reveal a pulsing, twisted heart to the album.
"Punch The Dragon" is the hidden gem of the collection, utilising and melting together the mostbombastic and playful elements. This one is totally off the hook, a sensory overload in an acousticwidescreen format! Then we have the title track "Fear Of An Extra Planet" which perfectly sums up thealbum concept. It opens up like a film score, with minimal passages following dark sequences thatmorph into dreamy melodies, all grounded by cool, constantly alternating analogue drum patterns. Ifyoure not listening closely, you might get the impression that three or four different titles are mixedtogether; such is the effortless flow of the album.
As we near our destination, "The Friendly Coroner" really does honour its name. The morbid charm ofthe title is captured by a fluid bassline and melodic arrangements that border on the absurd, until thefunky drum beat finally drops. In our minds eye we see a cheerful medical doctor removing his bloodygloves, hanging his smock in the closet and vibing out in his neon drenched workspace. And there wesit, glued to our cinema seat, submerged in the different textures EXTRAWELT have conjured up on"Fear Of An Extra Planet". Over the course of the last title, the strings usher in the finalacknowledgments as the credits roll. The dramatic end of "2084" leaves us transfixed in front of ablack screen in a large, dark room safe in the knowledge that weve just witnessed a science fiction epic.