June 9, 2005

Markus Guentner - 1981

There are some huge differences between 1981 and In Moll. Problem is: the best moments on the record are when Guentner relies on old tricks. That’s why “Jellyfish” and “Hi-Jacked” are great, but should have been saved for a pseudonym and a double-sided schaffel-tastic 12” elsewhere and they should have been replaced with the hazy ambience that we come to expect from Guentner’s Kompakt work. If there were ever a time for thanks-for-not-fucking-with-the-formula criticism (the rest of the time), though, this is it. There’s something to be said for the Namlookian ideal of slow-moving ambient innovations that Guentner is undergoing. I just wish he’d adhere to Pete’s release schedule. Or maybe not.

Kompakt KOM 115 / KOMPAKT CD 39
[Todd Burns]