Apr 2012 02

Ascii.Disko - Black Orchid: From Airlines to LifelinesAscii.Disko
Category: Electroclash / Techno / Ambient
Album: Black Orchid: From Airlines to Lifelines
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Decent mood music that can’t come out of the background.


Ascii.Disko, the recording name of producer Daniel Gerhard Holc, calls his music electroclash but it seems much closer to ambient. At its best, the light piano and strings evoking a dark airy mood in “Goodbye 1315” and the unexpected combination of woodblock and synth on “Crystals & Knives” create a distinctive mood. At its worst, the unchanging driving beat on “100 Demons” and the drawn out instrumental passages on “Glimmer,” you almost forget the music is even playing since it simply fades into the background making no impression.

The album offers some unusual touches, such as the more traditional techno beat in “From Airlines to Lifelines” that, while not especially entertaining or innovative, at least shakes things up a little. Several tracks start off good but become tiresome through excessive repetition, like the heavy guitar rhythm on “White Lines/Black Lines.” The tracks with vocals don’t sound much different than the rest of the album since the vocals are too flat and soft to make any impact, and the lyrics are barely discernible.

Given what came before it, the 22-minute final track, “Outro” did not seem promising, particularly since it started off with little more than white noise. But through well placed sounds and subtle tone and tempo shifts and a slightly pulsing synth, it becomes a decent example of ambient techno and shows that there may be hope for Ascii.Disko yet.
Track list:

  1. Intro
  2. Horizon
  3. Goodbye 1315
  4. Crayons
  5. White Lines/Black Lines
  6. 100 Demons
  7. Crystals & Knives
  8. The Black Angel’s Love Song
  9. Glimmer
  10. From Airlines to Lifelines
  11. Reprise
  12. Butterflies
  13. Outro

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Elizabeth Green (salomedesade)

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