|â€śUpon everything was a haze of restlessness and oppression; a touch of the unreal and the grotesque, as if some vital element of perspective or chiaroscuro were awry.â€ť
So wrote H.P. Lovecraft, the science fiction legend,
about an otherworldly scene in his short
story The Colour Out of Space, though he might as well have been describing the second album from German trio, Saroos. On the Odd Nosdam-produced See Me Not, members Florian Zimmer (Iso68,Jersey),
Christoph Brandner (Lali Puna, Console) and Max Punktezahl (the Notwist, Contriva) achieve a rare synchronicity that lends their poly-genre instrumental compositions an uncanny air, like something beamed in from a different dimension.
Equal parts Krautrock, musiqueconcrete, post-rock and No Wave, the album is both timeless and rooted in history, noisy and bound to a groove, completely foreign and, yet, surprisingly familiar.
On the opener, â€śLobster Claw,â€ť a lazy,
hypnotic rhythm gets devoured by five kinds of skronk. The full-bodied â€śDaylight Chantâ€ť brings to mind the sort of experiments pioneered by Tortoise and heard in contemporaries like Jaga Jazzist, until the midway point, where what sounds like a reversed Mariachi sample and a clanging hip-hop beat rule the day. â€śFog Peopleâ€ť likewise blurs the lines between whatâ€™s recorded live and whatâ€™s of electronic origin, dipping into extremely dark dub on its way toward absolution. Throughout â€śSee Me Notâ€ť, melodies and sounds shift shapes, stall, explode, collide or get trapped in loops. Some wobble through tracks, demolished particles.
Others vanish, all in the name of constant flux.
The low end on â€śScottâ€ť is particularly suggestive ofNosdamâ€™s presence -- that purple crush heard on records from cLOUDDEAD, or in his This is My Element sound track. While parts of the record were recorded in Berlin and Weilheim, Nosdam became a fourth member of the band when Saroos came to Berkeley to work in his studio. Consider it part of the cultural exchange initiative kicked off by Themselves joining the Notwist in Weilheim to make 2005â€™s 13&God. The results of this international collaboration are equally bewitching, as testified to by the taut autumnal beauty of â€śYukoma,â€ť and the buoyant yet ethereal closer, â€śOutrigger.â€ť
Accordingly, See Me Not sees its release via Anticon in the States, and on the Notwistâ€™s Alien Transistor elsewhere