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ARTIST
TITLE
MOD
FORMAT
2LP

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CATALOG #
OUIE 018LP OUIE 018LP
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RELEASE DATE
9/18/2020

"Basically my albums have developed into my personal field of experimentation" says Martin Gretschmann, aka Acid Pauli. Known primarily for his psychedelic, leftfield club sounds that weave between slo-mo beats and deep burners, his EPs, remixes, and collaborations have generally been more focused on the dancefloor. With his latest album, MOD (his third full-length released on his own Ouïe label), Gretschmann goes in a tangential direction, drawing inspiration from modular synthesis and the scene that has flourished around it over the last years. The result is an album produced almost entirely with modular systems, inspired by the possibilities and restrictions of carefully shepherding machines that sing to themselves. Experimental as MOD may be, it certainly isn't "difficult" or inaccessible -- or as someone put it, the nine tracks here are "soft, elegant, fluent, dreamy -- the tracks achieve the effect of space-time morphing -- magical states." Most of the tracks were recorded live in one take -- often with Gretschmann recording up to ten different versions before choosing the final piece. "Propagating Flip Flops" starts things off -- its glitchy textures and sync-shifting set the scene for the album -- the sounds evolving and developing before resolving into a warm, ethereal tone. "Intellijel Bell" is made up of deep loops of rhythmic sounds, while metallic sounds and a submerged jazzy undertone hint at the classic Acid Pauli sense of fun. "Acid On Yusef" uses looped up rhythmic pulses and bass tones, joined by modulated beeps and blips. "Sublime Frequencies Of Cairo" is another beatless, floating collection of loops that shift and morph -- seemingly suspended in space, before an ambient orchestral element resolves the track. As the title suggests, "Du Brecht, Ich Dub" revolves around a bass heavy sound, building up a rhythm of disparate elements that develop into a tense yet somehow weightless groove. "Life Polarizer" is further evidence that an Acid Pauli album will always somehow drift back towards the groove. "Peace Waer Schoen" also makes heavy use of delay to create a dubbed-out, wonky feel. The freedom of getting away from computer-based production is referenced sardonically in "Quantize Hell" -- its bleepy sounds find a rhythm and progression outside of the grid. Finally, "No Kick, No Cry" has the first and only kick drum of the album and adds a structure to the magical unpredictability of the looped sounds. Embossed gatefold sleeve; includes download code.