Fenn O'Berg ‎– Magic & Return

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Magic Sound
Shinjuku Baby Pt. 1 6:50
Steam Powered Oscillation 0:52
Horst Und Snail Mit Markus 3:53
Gürtel Eins 6:55
Escape From Hamburg 2:34
Shinjuku Baby Pt. 2 12:40
Gürtel Zwei 4:33
Fenn O' Berg Theme 10:25
(5,6m Of) Fenn O'Berg 5:31
Return
Floating My Boat 5:36
A Viennese Tragedy 14:29
Riding Again 11:38
We Will Diffuse You 10:11
Adidas Sun Tanned Avant Man 3:52

Versions (3)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
eMego 3154 Fenn O'Berg Magic & Return(2xCD, Comp, RM) Editions Mego eMego 3154 Austria 2009 Sell This Version
PCD-28012/3 Fenn O'Berg Magic & Return(2xCD, Comp, RE) P-Vine Records PCD-28012/3 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
3154P Fenn O'Berg The Magic Sound & Return Of…(2xCDr, Comp, Promo, RM) Editions Mego 3154P Austria 2009 Sell This Version

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nejakdivne

nejakdivne

December 29, 2009
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Magic & Return, 2xCD, Comp, RM, eMego 3154

"The Magic Sound" and "The Return Of Fenn O'Berg" - two excellent releases packaged into one (including a bonus track from each of the respective periods - 1999 and 2002). These two albums get you everything you can expect in this genre, and possibly more, much more.

From drone swirls washed around by the classic-sounding passages to all in all framed in buzzes, chunks of noise of all shapes, clicks, bleeps, pops, hisses, cuts; all perfectly complementing each other. These ~100 minutes of wild (mainly 3x laptop) improvisation work as a time capsule - with countless stories to tell. Via wild scenes of a machine gun tanking out the full load into a slow-motion avalanche of whipped cream; or, say: of hundreds of tiny machines being jumped at, each screaming out for help and then breathing out the last spark of life; often juxtaposed with fairy-tale-like jingles that dance around merrily, like ever present grasshoppers, always able to entertain and educate an open-minded listener.

The first album starts out "slow" (compared with the monstrous techno beat of "Floating My Boat" which introduces the second one), but quickly speeds up in terms of "data stream width" you're confronted with - especially in "Shinjuku Baby Pt. 2". This lovely and playful collage is followed by one of the most coherent tracks I've ever dealt with - and the best track of the album - "Fenn O'Berg Theme" which thankfully clocks at over 10 minutes, based around a John Barry orchestral theme. The 1st disc's bonus track closes the set gracefully, leaves some room to breathe out and prepare for the wild ride of already mentioned 2nd disc's opener. This soon shifts into "A Viennese Tragedy" which is the Return's counterpart to Magic's "Theme" - a lush, smooth soundscape with bits and perks that come in waves and float up to demand attention to achieve the similar effect of drama to keep one half-awake while lucidly dreaming.

Christian Fennesz, Jim O'Rourke, and Peter Rehberg (also known under his alias Pita) shine at their very very best - this is an essential, must-have re-release of 2009, especially for those who seek "strong plot", lots of action, surprising twists, soothing passages of "something familiar", elegantly served in a stream - and this is a very important point to realize with improvised music - that never gets dull, no passage here becomes a filler, there's no need to skip ahead, not even after numerous listenings.

All this packed in a decent Editions Mego digipak with artwork made by Tina Frank (a version of one that accompanied "The Return Of Fenn O'Berg"). If by any accident you have missed out on (either of) these two albums, this is the best chance to have your shot at some of the best electronic music, backed up with and tested already for some ~10 years since the first release. This is still - and I dare claiming that for a long time will be - very very fresh and fascinating music of great historical significance.