Music Review | posted 12.07.2011
Mist
House
Spectrum Spools, 2011
Text Sebastian Hinz , Translation Julia Frohn
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There are more news from the very explorable universe of the Emeralds. While Mark McGuire illuminates the dimension with his solo-album A Young Person’s Guide To via guitar, his band-colleague John Elliot uses the synthesizer. For the project Mist he teamed up with Sam Goldberg, both from Cleveland, Ohio. On House, they combined their collection of instruments, consisting of Moog Voyager OS, Roland RS-101, Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, Roland SH-101, Korg Polysix, Univox Minikorg, Multivox MX 202, Dave Smith Instruments Mopho, and gave them a proper mix-up. Then, there was a loud »Bang!« and there was matter, space and time in the shape of »kosmische Musik«. However, and this needs explicit mentioning, no one needs to know Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream in order to like this music. Quite the opposite, really. Mist add a form of instancy to their seven tracks of synths-music that is and was missing to the musicians who cheaply try to create electronic organ-tunes today and also back then. On the one hand, this is due to the convincing sound with which James Plotkin (guitarist of Khanate and Scorn and, as a producer, expert for pressing sounds) sealed the album. But it’s also due to the compositions themselves, which seem to contain galaxies of tone sequences. The opener, Twin Lakes, has an almost popsong-like structure, while Daydream leads the listener straight into weightlessness. Mist House, on the other hand, is a house-track with no need for a beat and the final P.M. is a thirteen-minutes-long stroll along the filaments. All in all, House is the peak of John Elliots self-curated record-label Spectrum Spools, so far. The first few copies of the record are even available in pink vinyl.

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