Jun 2011 13

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Patenbrigade: Wolff
Category: Electronica / Industrial / Ambient
Album: Baustoff (Popmusik für Rohrleger)
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: With a muddle of poppy electronica, experimental synths, and ambient/dialoged gap-fillers, Patenbrigade: Wolff continues along the path of musical obscurity.


Patenbrigade: Wolff manages to come off as an off-beat, genre-breaking band that stretches itself well beyond the limitations of electronic creativity. This being said, they have consistently created well rounded soundscapes through concepts and a full-length album structure that they can call their own. Baustoff (Popmusik für Rohrleger) continues this tradition and is arguably more successful in doing so than any of their previous efforts. The German duo of Sven Wolff (previously of Dust in Basement fame) and Lance Murdock elaborate upon their passion for crafting up-tempo rhythmic electronica that matches curiously with atmospheric bleakness and industrial imagery.

Although the music on Baustoff (Popmusik für Rohrleger) is quite diverse from track to track, there maintains a connectivity that now is synonymous with that of any full-length Patenbrigade: Wolff album. Never allowing for dead air to surface, they seamlessly thread each of the songs together with varying styles. The lyrically-based tracks are sung in both English and German, as well as dialoged in German through the words of Dr. Mark Benecke. A strange yet wonderful addition to the album, Benecke’s detached voice highlights the obscure German industrial component on a great many points on the disc. His verbal appearance stitches most of the album together, creating a genuine flow to the music. Industrial-styled songs such as “Luftzerlegungsanlage LZA” best highlight this aspect of Benecke’s contributions. Vocalist André Hartung’s pop-like track “Never Neverland” is a song that embraces buoyant rhythms at a steady, danceable pace. The title track of the album possesses all of the synthetic clout of an early ‘80s synthpop track, driven as an upbeat number with simple dialoged lyrics that repeat over and over again. Patenbrigade-Wolff exhibit such diversity that they are more than able to bridge genre gaps and finalize their music with polished delivery.

Gracing some of the more elegant tracks and grounding the overall sound of the album’s ambient element are guest vocalists Antje Schulz, Nadine Stelzer, and Julia Beyer (all of whom hold a background history with In Strict Confidence as collaborating vocalists). Their contributions manage to soften the course of the bubbly electronica, giving the album a sense of depth and soulfulness. In particular, the haunting melody of “Sun after the Rain” brings the chorus to a beautiful yet dark level of ambient rhythmic sound. Beyer’s vocals take the electronic background and enrich it fully with lyrics that boast positivity yet remain foreboding in their arrangement. By countering the mainframe of German dialog and European electronica, this feminization offsets the encompassed masculinity of the band’s image and underlying sound perfectly.

Baustoff (Popmusik für Rohrleger) is essentially a perplexingly, addictive album to listen to. Patenbrigade: Wolff shines again with another sample platter of their electronic unpredictability and sophisticated grace.


Track list:

  1. Auf
  2. Das Kraftfeld (feat. André Hartung)
  3. IM: Benecke
  4. Fehler 404 (feat. Stefan Leukert)
  5. Unfall mit Folgen
  6. My Mountain (feat. Nadine Stelzer)
  7. Luftzerlegungsanlage LZA
  8. Never Neverland (feat. André Hartung)
  9. Arbeit an der Oberleitung
  10. Sun After the Rain (feat. Julia Beyer)
  11. Dreh mir die Zeit Zurück (feat. Antje Schulz)
  12. Anklage: Blitzschlag
  13. Voyage (feat. Antje Dieckmann)
  14. Erstickt im Freien
  15. Popmusik für Rohrleger
  16. Betondecke
  17. Abrissbude (feat. Alexander Pitzinger)
  18. Die Walze
  19. Abbau


Patenbrigade: Wolff Website http://www.patenbrigade.com
Patenbrigade: Wolff MySpace http://www.myspace.com/patenbrigadewolff
Patenbrigade: Wolff Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=243031360106
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Patenbrigade: Wolff SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/user9774657
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Stephen Lussier (ioweyouacoke)

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