Genre: Ambient / IDM
02. Dark Matter
04. Cruising With Dr Phlox
05. Big Dipper
09. Les Donnes Informatiques
10. Hilbert Ruimte
11. A Rainy Day
What do you think is the best innovation that has been brought out over
the last hundred years? A rather wide timescale but it gives you plenty of
choice. If you are an American perhaps you’ll go for friendly fire. Who
needs allies anyway. If you’re German perhaps the 1940 Rail timetable.
Getting the trains to run on time was a great idea. It was where they were
going that was the problem. If you’re French you’ll go for the white flag.
Well you have done every time you need to stand up and be counted so far.
Myself I plump for Femfresh. Live up in the
wilds of Scotland like I do and the women need all the assistance they can
get. Soap and water isn’t in their vocabulary.
A strange introductory paragraph by even my standards but I needed to
write something as I couldn’t access the website of the act called
Kratarknathrak. Nor the one belonging to New Darkness Recordings. I’m
still waiting. Bet its that old server problem. You see….I get pissed off
and my thoughts turn elsewhere. Which means I go too near the knuckle
sometimes. Being Dutch though I’m sure I haven’t offended the act or label
with my remarks.
IDM. The biggest misnomer in the English language. Intelligent Dance
Music…pardon!! If you re-named it Idiotic Dance Music then I might agree
with you. I mean please. IDM…get to fuck. ‘Solstice’ by Kratarknathrak
kind of falls into the IDM vibe. Though I would prefer to call it Light
Ambient with rhythmic beats. Kratarknathrak is Pieter Winkelaar and this
is his debut CD. Note I said CD as he has released music on cassette, CDR
and vinyl before. Usually I would absolutely hate this form of music. In
fact you would normally risk a stomping if you handed it to me in person.
But you know I do like this recording. I’m damned if I can fully explain
it, I will try further on, but this being the 14th review I’ve written
over the past 7 days , where I’ve touched on many different genres of
music, I find it such a nice come down from all the other releases I’ve
had to immerse myself in.
I think, on reflection, that it works for me because I didn’t have to
concentrate on it. The music just floats in a serene bath of gentle
rhythms and atmospheric electronics that is absolutely perfect to relax to
after a stress filled few days. I just sat totally at ease and let the
music go wherever it wanted to take me. There was nothing too harsh on
there to upset the harmony induced balance and I dug the whole vibe that
Pieter had composed. ‘Solstice’ is the Labrador puppy of music. Cuddly and cute…until it shits in your shoe when
your not looking. Work that one out yourselves. Here then is twelve tracks
of IDM…blurgh…inspired music, complete with a few samples and robotic
voices, in a light ambient setting that you too will find very easy on
the ear and mind.
As someone not into this scene, I can’t give you any comparisons to other
acts as I don’t know any, I’m not sure how this rates alongside other
releases of the same ilk. Maybe that’s the point. Don’t judge it with
others. Just slip inside the relaxing horizontal inducing, I fell asleep
through each play which shows how soothing it actually is, beats and
atmospheres and awaken refreshed for the more demanding musical challenges
ahead. Play this after listening to something by
Necroanal and you’ll
understand exactly what I mean. File ‘Solstice’ under chill out in your
record collection so you’ll always know where it is when you need it. Nice