Relaxing, interesting, peaceful 12″ vinyl record from Germany
Klimek is Sebastian Meissner, who released this lovely music in the year 2005. He has been fairly prolific in the electro-ambient world, releasing works for Mille Plateaux and Kompakt, two giants of the Teutonic scene which have probably suffered quite a lot since the near-demise of sales of physical copies of music – everyone downloads now or listens through streaming services such as Deezer and Spotify, so like all of the music industry, they have suffered. But you didn’t need me to tell you that.
The two tracks on the first side of the record are similarly titled, going by the names of “Snowfall (33°53 N / 35°31 E)” and “Snowfall (42°54 N / 74°46 E)” respectively. The mood is not by any means dark, and the music flows along nicely making this good music to fall asleep to:
The second side starts off in a similar way, and is a little bit disappointing in terms of overall quality, after the excellent first half. The second side appears to be based on classical recordings, manipulated into electro-pieces. The harp features on “Danses Profanes (10°30 N / 66°55 E)”. I do enjoy this sort of modern take on classical works, which can be a little dull – a bit of digital processing can prevent boredom and add beauty.
The EP ends with “Gymnopedie No. 1”, which provides a change of mood, going from melancholy and peaceful to forcefully happy. It is, of course, a famous classical piece, and if you can combat the ennui due to it’s popularity, you might find some joy here:
UPDATE: YOUTUBE VIDEO REMOVED…FOR THE TIME BEING, PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO GYMNOPEDIE #1. SORRY ‘BOUT THAT.
You can visit Meissner’s website, Random Industries, at sebastianmeissner.me, if you like.