by Strië

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Mike Barnes Such an amazing work of art this is! Favorite track: The Steamer Odin.
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Ews Nsj Fantastic trip into the various worlds of this artist; still while being ‘different’ interpretations of art, there remains a kind of thread between each work which I sense as having an old dusty cinematic feel. One thing that grabs me and pulls me back into this album multiple listens is the detail of the experimental stitching together of unrelated sounds to form aural sceneries doused in wonder. Every single track from opening experimental intro to the enigmatic (and severely hypnotic) conclusion are significantly seductive. At times Struktura recalls the entrancing works of orchestral cinematic smokey jazz loops of the likes of what one discovers in Biosphere’s music. Struktura keeps a unique vintage vitality of its own design to be sure. Highly recommended (as always, bring a good set of phones to really get inside) Favorite track: Aeroplane Flying.
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timrecio Chilling and oddly contemplative. I'll be delving into this gem for a long time. Each song has it's own personality but there is something deeply unsettling about Untitled 1956.... Favorite track: Untitled 1956.
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Iden Reinhart returns under the Strië moniker and her first release for Serein. Her dense and provocative avant-garde electronics share the same spirit as some of our most beloved early experimental sound artists. Struktura is a heady and surreal trip into the far reaches of the imagination.

Inspired by modernist painters of the twentieth century, each track on Struktura shares its name with an abstract work of art. Many of these works can be viewed online and give some insight into the inspiration behind the music. One of the appeals of abstract art of any kind is that it is ambiguous and open to interpretation. There is pleasure to be found in viewing or hearing something without a definite narrative, allowing the mind to wander and find its own meaning.

I can’t guess what types of machinery might be responsible for making the noises on Struktura. Strange mechanical whirring, tearing and scratching, haunted bells, low and ominous rumbling and ethereal drones - whatever the source of these sounds they are a mystery now, abstracted, pulled and stretched like paint over canvas. Snatches of voice are caught but words are indistinguishable. This is musique concrète that in some ways hearkens back to the golden age of electronic experimentation. There is a playfulness and curiosity to it reminiscent of the early work of artists like Arne Nordheim and Pierre Schaeffer, full of theatrics and genuine surprises.

Far from being a purely experimental creation, Struktura is suffused with interlinking melodies and the whole album is underpinned with a wonderful musicality. With Struktura, Iden blurs the line between harmony and dissonance and paints an eerie, haunting and beautfiul picture with sound.


released April 6, 2015


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