Words or phrases not only change their meanings over time, but can also differ depending on how we interpret them. We all have our own realities. We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.
Malbetrieb lets his music do the talking, never losing the thread, letting emotions be his guide. His instinctive approach recently rewarded him with his first full length album ‘Life in the Clouds’, featuring remixes by Sebastian Mullaert, followed up by 'Nim' on SoHaSo, 'Epic' on Chapter 24's first Seven Stories VA, and a remix of Sebastian Mullaert's 'Movement' - coming out on Kontra-Musik - scheduled for late 2016.
For his first EP on Chapter 24, he presents a collection of tracks he made in one take, in the throes of inspiration. The productions are exclusively made on hardware, using a computer only to record the stems. They are captivating and communicative, both raw and refined.
Title track ‘Meun’ is direct and engaging. A descending chord progression sets a dramatic scene before an expressive white noise rhythm takes the lead, interspersed with haunting background vocals and jazz-like disembodied melodies.
‘Keely’ is up next, decidedly more calm and collected. Elegantly restrained, it’s a classy techno cut which maintains the rawness and some of the tension of Meun whilst being gently hypnotic.
‘Crackwhore Streetchoir’ is a driving and dark techno track, with Malbetrieb’s signature white noise and atmospheres returning to the fore in support of a killer groove with an acidic edge.
The EP’s closer ‘Brecht’ is a fitting coda to what has come before. Altogether more peaceful and settled, its exploratory and introspective melodies are an excellent set opener or closer.
Words, by their nature, are only a rough approximation. Music, on the other hand, is a feeling. A search for pleasure. Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. It takes us to a place that words alone cannot go.
Do not seek the because. Often in music, as in love, there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions. And that is the greatest beauty of all.