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Written and produced at Electric Avenue Studios, Hamburg.
"Off The Rose" version of the song "Leave Me Alone" by <a href="/artist/New+Order">New Order</a>.
"Baby Blue" adapted from the song "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" by <a href="/artist/Bob+Dylan">Bob Dylan</a>.

Cover image: "Untitled", 2008.

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June 3, 2010
In this new millennium we've seen a number of important electronic labels transition into a more 'indie'-styled aesthetic only to fall flat while seemingly losing the plot. Much like a 12-year-old punk's first 'weird haircut,' this transition can sometimes be awkward and painful to witness. Not so with the almighty Dial Records, however, as evidenced by Christian Naujoks' excellent new disc. The album succeeds with an intimate, intellectual pop vibe that possesses a similar kind of charm found in the gentler releases from Factory and Benelux, and the more romantic modern classical moments of the esteemed Les Disques Du Crepuscule label. Imagine the intimacy of Durutti Column (but with a laptop) remixed by Gavin Bryars (Hommages), and you're getting close to what this stuff manages to do well -- "Maladies" sounds like laptop Terry Riley while "Young Blood" could be Bryars in a moment of private mourning, a beautiful bummer to be sure. On "Off the Rose," Naujoks intriguingly adapts New Order's "Leave Me Alone," placing the classic original's lyrics over the top of Phillip Glass-style piano patterns. And while many of us have awakened from a dream and written it down to cull some significant bit of information from it later, how many of us can say they've risen fresh from that dream and recorded the details, the way Naujoks did with "Bloom," a stream of consciousness, ethereal dirty south JAM?! But one of the personal highlights for me, "TTT" is strangely reminiscent of an uncharacteristically macabre moment in Mr. Roger's Land of Make Believe, and repeated listens will make you a believer too, guaranteed. (Make sure to check out another new release on Dial, the Pyramid Drift 12" EP, which features Momus, Christoph de Babalon, Phillip Sollmann a/k/a Efdemin, and Arises, all recorded live at The Gala of the Great Pyramid, March, 2008 at Hau 1 in Berlin.) [SM]