Kettel ‎– Dreim

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  • Matrix / Runout: L387 KFAT006 #10416Y31 01
  • Mastering SID Code: L387
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 6000

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Kettel Dreim(12xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Not On Label (Kettel Self-released) none Netherlands Unknown


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January 10, 2018
edited 2 months ago

There's something interesting in this album : it sounds like a mirror of early 2000s.
It is a very natural, soft and green mood, but the aesthetics itself is quite numerical, quite robotic at times, but in the vein of early 2000s, again.
It's like looking at the meadow from your window with the sound of a connecting 56k modem next to you.
The beats and melodies are joyful and cheerful, but the ambiant pads in the background are dreamy and got the elegance of a flower.
Reimer's genius for creating melodies is already there, and the sound is quite tiny and fragile, miles away from the more maximalistic and high in colors and definition from his post-2005 era. And it's actually a big quality here. It sounds like a lo-fi tale from the early years of the internet.
The video-game influence is strong here as well. I am not talking about the "It sounds like Mario Bros!", the usual comment from your friend who knows nothing about electronic music and has just listened to an IDM track for the first time. No, I'm talking about a "Final Fantasy" influence, deeper and way more dreamy. With most tracks you feel like exploring early-3D landscapes with your Chocobo. You also feel like you are having a botany class with Harry Potter with "Ronny Rocks The Plant". That's really the reason why I love Kettel. His music is made with a computer, but it sounds like the opposite of a computer. It's alive! There's a soul in each track, really.
If you like the smell of nature as much as numerical/computerish aesthetics, and cute moments in life in general, have a listen to this album. It is unique.


January 16, 2003

Similar sounding throughout, with a electro feel. Lots of steel drum pads as melodies, like some of the old tracks by Plaid. Kettel would expand a lot on his sounds on later releases. This release does include the excellent track 'Not Gonna Get', a bloppy, friendly culmination of percussion and Disney style feel-goodness. Overall, it's a safe introduction to Kettel that won't blow you away.