3. Under Mars We Were
4. Dew Climbs
5. Carrnckel & Pokcetboat.
6. Uferlose Sea
7. Something Happended Here
8. Murmering Murmaids
9. Wobbly Flu Twighlight
11. Cloud Pull
1. Clue – Alias Remix
2. Akimbo – Astrid Kane Remix feat Lloyd Cole
3. Lunz – Faultline Remix
4. Wobbly Flu Twilight - Elbow Remix
5. Lunz – Adem Remix
6. Lunz – Ulrich Schnauss Remix
7. Murmerring Murmaids - Icarus Remix
8. Dew Climbs – Half Cousin Remix
9. Wobbly Flu Twighlight – Alquimia Remix
10. Carnickel & Pocketboat – Millenia Nova
11. Something Happened Here – Munk/Gomma Remix
12. Under Mars We Were – Arkham Remix
- Reinterpretations (Gronland Records)
is a collaborative project between former Cluster krautrocker,
Hans Joachim Roedelius, and Grammy award nominated composer,
Tim Story. 'Reinterpretations' combines last year’s
self-titled album with a package of remixes from such leftfield
luminaries as Adem, Elbow and Ulrich Schnauss.
original album contains beautiful, piano-driven melancholy
and blissful ambience with the power to touch and move while
avoiding being sugary and over-polished. This is ambient
music in its purest form, owing far more to the seventies
works of Brian Eno and Harold Budd
than artists like The Orb or the Future
Sound Of London who were involved in the genre’s
while Eno actively encouraged the notion that his music
should become part of the listener’s existing environment
rather than constructing its own, super-imposed reality,
Lunz produce music that is both striking and stirring. Criticisms
often levelled at ambient music are that it either becomes
easily ignored background noise or sinks into wishy-washy,
sub-New Age fluff, but these tranquil, almost classical
compositions are far and away from such meandering, navel-gazing
nonsense. At times it is as naturally graceful and uplifting
as an amazing sunrise while an underlying, uneasy edge keeps
attention focussed, leaving you wondering what can be added
to such pure, effortlessly calm pieces by way of a remix.
many of the artists involved opt to introduce a vocal dimension
to the instrumental minimalism of the originals. The results
are at times intriguing, the upbeat lilt of 'Akimbo - The
Astrid Kane Remix' for instance, featuring learned wordsmith
Lloyd Cole on vocals, and at others, lightly
touching, like the positive acoustic twinkle of Adem's
the two vocal re-workings which are most impressive are
both based around yearning lullaby 'Wobbly Flu Twilight'.
Elbow take the main piano melody and introduce
some almighty, omnipotent vocal tones over musicbox and
gently-strummed guitar backing to create a powerful yet
peaceful interpretation of the original, however, it is
Alquimia's almost transcendental, choral
version which surpasses even this. It stays almost entirely
loyal to the original but the layered, medieval folk-style
singing creates an ethereal atmosphere which is as haunting
as it is stunning.
highlights include a typically shiny, soar-away offering
from Ulrich Schnass, Faultline's
tie-died slow trance and, best of all, the psychedelic funk
reworking of 'Carnickel and Pocketboat' by Millenia
Nova. There is the odd dip in quality, however;
Icarus' shambolic take on 'Murmuring Mermaids'
sounds like it was produced by a rabid chimp left alone
in a room with a piano, some saucepans and a couple of spoons.
But all-in-all, this is a fine package featuring a well-constructed
opus of affecting ambience and a diverse, yet equally horizontal,
selection of often inspired remixes.
music in the truest sense of the word.