Music Review | posted 07.05.2021
Niklas Wandt
Balearische Bibliothek
Italiy, 2021
Text Maximilian Fritz
Your Rating:
/
User
7.3
Editorial
Cover Niklas Wandt - Balearische Bibliothek

Niklas Wandt is a musical as well as lyrical rainbow fish, who mostly swims in the same pool, but always wrings new iridescent scales from his music. His new EP »Balearische Bibliothek« (engl. balearic library) collects four songs, two of them with lyrics. What they all have in common is that Niklas Wandt – logically – once again remains true to his musical design between a lot of Düsseldorf School, Kraut and Cosmic. On the instrumental tracks »Abraum« and »Forellental« it sounds as dreamy as ever, but at the same time not as darkly post-NDW-heavy as with Neuzeitliche Bodenbelägen, his collaboration with Joshua Gottmanns. Whether with or without a partner, a world that interlocks sound and associative-literary ideas is something Niklas Wandt loves to create. This unfolds a little faster on the four-tracker, which lasts just over 20 minutes. Where in “Forellental” the shimmering fish plunge into the great synthesizer catharsis at the end of the track in purely musical terms, Wandt provides lyrical support in »Peiskam« – named after a small village in Austria – and »Zum Schmalen Handtuch«, which are loosely reminiscent of Thomas Bernhard, but omit his crushing bitterness. Niklas Wandt seeks and finds his inspiration in the glorifying view of the provincial from the perspective of the urban milieu, seeks intoxication, whether close to the microphone or as a radio voice above things. Balearic Library unites cosmopolitan sound and proletarian longings, skilfully transports timeless sound into a picturesque world where nature and civilization meet at eye level.

Please find »Balearische Bibliothek« by Niklas Wandt in the webshop of HHV Records: Vinyl 12inch
Your Comment
Related Articles
Music Review | posted 01.05.2020
Litia~Loe
Each Dawn Every Dawn
The new reissue label Mixed Signals has dedicated itself to the reappraisal of hidden corners of house music. One of their first releases is »Each Dawn Every Dawn« by Litia~Loe.
Music Review | posted 19.03.2011
Rick Wilhite
Analog Aquarium
House-music is not programmed, it is played here, it is jammed, lived and preached with sacral dedication.
Music Review | posted 08.11.2010
John Roberts
Glass Eights
Percussion elements, arranged with an obsession for details, can be heard on different levels just as other bits and pieces.
Music Review | posted 01.11.2010
Maxmillion Dunbar
Cool Water
Slow Motion House? Cosmic Boogie? All is possible, nothing is carved in stone. But we are astonished by one of this year´s best albums.
Music Review | posted 16.05.2011
Mark E
Stone Breaker
Mark E carries the principles he formally used through the Edits over to his debut album.
Music Review | posted 07.06.2011
6th Borrough Project
One Night In The Borough
The music of Graeme »The Revenge« Clark and Craig Smith has two different tempos and two levels of quality. They’re better when they’re slow.
Music Review | posted 08.07.2011
James Braun
Massacre EP
The House of the Danish James Braun is simple and groovy, while still not lacking unexpected swerves.
Music Review
Resilient Vessels
Live At The Cell
Four musicians got together last year in New York to record a brilliant jazz album under the name Resilient Vessels, »Live At The Cell«.
Music Review
Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band
Tezeta
»Tezeta,« Hailu Mergia’s first album originally released on cassette only in 1975, has now been reissued via Awesome Tapes From Africa.
Music Review
Guilherme Lamounier
Guilherme Lamounier (1973)
Guilherme Lamounier’s second album, a masterpiece of Brazilian psychedelic folk, has been reissued on Mad About.
Music Review
Skee Mask
Pool
In the diffuse genre mash between IDM, techno and dub, nobody sounds like Skee Mask. His new album “Pool” underlines his exceptional position.
Music Review
José Mauro
A Viagem Das Horas
José Mauro is alive! Nobody knew that when his debut album was reissued. Now follows the reissue of »A Viagem Das Horas« on Far Out.
Music Review
Various Artists
Extra Muros: Italy
For the collaboration compilation »Extra Muros: Italy« Flee Project brought together five musicians – Benoit B Dena, Dona, Eva Geist and Jolly Mare – in Puglia, Italy.
Music Review
Bruxas
Muscle Memory
Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskovic are Bruxas, »Muscle Memory« is the debut of the psych-disco project and anyway the record of the summer.
Music Review
Sandra
Vale Tudo
Brazilian boogie funk remains disarming and Sandra Sa’s 1983 album »Vale Tudo« one of its masterpieces. Mr Bongo have reissued it.
Music Review
Drab Majesty
Unknown To The I
»Unknown to the I« offers the ideal introduction to the universe of the duo Drab Majesty: dreamy New Wave in three tracks.
Music Review
Fly Pan Am
Frontera
»Frontera« by Fly Pan Am has a predictable structure from a dramaturgical point of view, and yet it is the best album ever by the Constellation band.
Music Review
Various Artists
GOST: A Spiritual Exploration Into Greek Soundtracks (1975-1989)
The compilation »GOST« released on Into The Light gathers wondrous film music from Greece.
Music Review
Sun Ra
Lanquidity
Available as a comprehensive reissue, »Lanquidity« could be Sun Ra’s best LP had he not laid down so many other masterpieces.
Music Review
Roland P. Young
Hearsay I-Land
In the mid-1980s, jazz musician Roland P. Young adopted a new identity as a new wave crooner. »Hearsay I-Land« collects his releases from this period.
Music Review
Ziad Rahbani
Bennesbeh Labokra… Chou?
With the reissue to »Bennesbeh Labokra… Chou?« the French label WeWantSounds expands the view on the work of the Lebanese musician Ziad Rahbani.
Music Review
Electric Party
Play
With »Play« the label Knekelhuis releases nine tracks from the eighties of the Dutch band Electric Party.
Music Review
Niklas Wandt
Balearische Bibliothek
With »Balearische Bibliothek« Niklas Wandt once again creates music in which nature and civilization meet on equal ground.
Music Review
Kohsuke Mine
First
»First«, the 1970 debut by Kohsuke Mine and his quartet, has now been reissued for the first time in BBE Records’ J Jazz Masterclass Series.
Music Review
Vinicio Adames
Al Comienzo Del Camino
After 35 years, »Al Comienzo Del Camino« by Venezuelan electronic pioneer Vinicio Adames has been reissued.
Music Review
Joseph Shabason
The Fellowship
That would be Fifth World: Canadian trumpeter Joseph Shabason presents his new album »The Fellowship«.
Music Review
Ssiege
Meteora
Nobody knows exactly who is behind Ssiege. One thing is clear: five new tracks have now been released on Knekelhuis under the title »Meteora«.
Music Review
José Carlos Schwarz & Le Cobiana Djazz
Lua Ki Di Nos
With »Lua Ki Di Nos,« the Hot Mule label rewardingly unravels the life of poet, musician and resistance fighter José Carlos Schwarz.
Music Review
Andy Stott
Never The Right Time
Zack. Without much notice, the Mancurian Andy Stott has released his new album »Never The Right Time«.
Music Review
Francisco Mora Catlett
Mora! I
»Mora! I«, the 1986 debut of American drummer and percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett has been reissued via Far Out Recordings.
Music Review
Francisco Mora Catlett
Mora! II
Even more mysterious than the first one, is this long-lost sequel. Now, »Mora! II« by Francisco Mora Catlett has been reissued.
Music Review
Mori-Ra
Japanese Breeze
»Japanese Breeze« condenses 12 tracks from Mori-Ra’s mix series of the same name.
Music Review
Hudson Mohawke
Hudson's Heeters Vol.1
Hudson Mohawke’s legendary demo tape »Hudson Heeters Vol.1« was released on vinyl for the first time.
Music Review
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END
»G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END« is the seventh album from the Canadians of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and their best in a long time.
Music Review
Robbie Basho
The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12
Robbie Basho is considered a pioneer of the steel guitar. Now the great »The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12« from 1976 has been reissued.
Music Review
Rogér Fakhr
Fine Anyway
With »Fine Away«, the Habibi Funk label has compiled and reissued songs by Lebanese songwriter Rogér Fakhr.
Music Review
Tomaga
Intimate Immensity
Tomaga have now released their latest album. »Intimate Immensity« is the conclusion and the highlight of this great London duo.
Music Review
Niko Tzoukmanis
Hope Is The Sister Of Despair
First released in 2013, »Hope Is The Sister Of Despair« by Niko Tzoukmanis has now been reissued in an slightly expanded version on Libreville.
Music Review
Robert Cotter
Missing You
»Missing You,« released in 1976 and recorded by Robert Cotter with musicians from Chic, has been reissued on WeWantSounds now.
Music Review
Gary Bartz, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Jazz Is Dead 006
This time, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have brought California saxophonist Gary Bartz on stage for their »Jazz Is Dead« series.
Music Review
Steve O'Sullivan
Green Trax
A highly informative odyssey into techno history: »Green Trax« collects gems by British producer Steve O’Sullivan.
Music Review
Selda Bağcan
Selda
The 1973 album »Selda« by Selda Bağcan is one of the best testimonies of Turkish music. Now it has been reissued.
Music Review
Nils Frahm
Graz
With a delay of almost 12 years, Nils Frahm’s debut album, recorded in »Graz«, is now released for the first time.
Music Review
Irena & Vojtěch Havlovi
Melodies In The Sand
»Melodies In The Sand« brings together music from three decades by the Czech musical couple Irena and Vojtěch Havlovi.
Music Review
Moor Mother & billy woods
BRASS
Moor Mother & billy woods… and a good dozen more: Camae Ayewa dominates the joint album »BRASS«, but other studio guests also get to have their say.
Music Review
Various Artists
Silk Road Journey Of The Armenian Diaspora (1971-1982)
Darone Sassounian has compiled seven tunes for the compilation »Silk Road Journey Of The Armenian Diaspora (1971-1982)« on Terrestrial Funk.
Music Review
Prequel
Love (I Heard You Like Heartbreak)
»Love (I Heard You Like Heartbreak)« is Prequel’s debut LP on Rhythm Section International seven years after his first EP.
Music Review
Irakli
Major Signals
After a series of EPs, Berlin producer Irakli releases his debut album on »Major Signals« on Dial. The mood is subdued, the multi-layered sound progressive.