ericDelay - Kindheitstraum

Listening to Kindheitstraum feels like being immersed in water. It is, for the most part, a luxuriant soak in indescribably smooth textures, augmented by the kind of toneless bleeps which make you wonder whether you’ve left your mobile phone too near your speakers. Subtly blending understated bass with erratic and fragmented clicks, the sonic range alone is something to marvel at.

Utilising the ubiquitous pulsating microhouse-esque kick, the record evokes fond memories of Aphex Twin’s fantastic Selected Ambient Works 85-92, though the more experimental and arrhythmic aspects of SAW are noticeably missing. Closing track, 1986, does, admittedly, go some way towards subverting the monotonous four-to-the-floor rhythm of conventional house, but is still held back by a lack of development in the melody department.

Due to the similarity between tracks, the shortness of this release works in its favour. The underwater seascape sound is bearable and quite enjoyable for Kindheitstraum’s five tracks, but any more than that and I can imagine it would get boring very quickly. It certainly feels like being immersed in water -- I just wish it would let you come up for air occasionally.

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Overall

6

out of 10

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