Space Out Rhythm
Late one Friday night, Annette and I were driving home from a splendid evening of eating and drinking and laughing with friends. I turned on the radio (we forgot to bring along some cds) and sat listening in slowly bewildered silence as this ridiculous, monotonous, electronic beat bore down on our good mood for 15 minutes and buried it under a pile of stinking mediocrity.
As you can see, minimal techno is pretty much the nadir of music as far as I'm concerned. However...
(warning - it's almost 11Mb and so that's 4 dloads / day at the most before the isp limit is reached)
Michaela really is part of that scene but maybe not part of the stultifyingly dull variety.
I'm fairly certain that the middle section of Panorama would still have elicited a similar response in me had I heard it that lovely, ruined night. But when I listened to it for the 3rd time today it seemed just... completely hypnotic. Maybe it's the buzzy drone that insinuates itself throughout (as you may know, I do love a drone). Maybe it's the crispness of the hi-hat against the bass and sampled loops half way through. Maybe it's that slightly off-key guitar chord. Maybe it's because the beat seems tangential to the whole point of the track.
In any case, it's just one great moment in a pretty terrific album - "Baden Baden". And it ends with a pleasantly weird version of Roxy Music's "Song For Europe" - so that's a first as well.
And, in case you're wondering, the only other option on local radio at the time was mainstream country and western.