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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

BERND KISTENMACHER: Let it Out! + Compressed Fluid (2012)

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

I said it once and I'm saying it twice, Let it Out! is a truly masterpiece of contemporary EM. Hat to you Bernd!

1 Let it Out! 41:08

2 Compressed Fluid 19:58

(Bonus track)

(CD/DDL 61:06) (V.F.)

(Fast sequencer-based Berlin School)

Caresses of violins! Enormous caresses of violins which escape from the cavern of cosmos and run on the seas of abysses in order to waltz with melancholy. These strata are wrapping us with an infinite tenderness and transport us up to the cliffs of violent orchestral arrangements which debauch the gargantuan appetite of the multiple strings which inflame in violent staccatos. And bang! So bursts this compressed sound dynamite that is Let It Out!. How many of you still haven't heard this monster of intensity that was presented within the framework of the 2010 Ricochet Gathering festival? This music, available only in downloadable format since its release in December2010 is now distributed in factory pressed CD by the German label MellowJet Records. In complement we are entitled to a portion, the encore, of the concert given by Bernd Kistenmacher at the Planetarium of Muenster on January 14th, 2011.

LET IT OUT! + Compressed Fluid presents two music pieces that are very alike. If one, Let It Out!, sketches a furious musical overview of this magnificent musician and composer career, Compressed Fluid is a surprising dissection of Kistenmacher last album, Antimatter, on a slow and mesmerizing staccato overhung by delicious solos that the German synthesist cuts with a surgical musicality out of his MiniMoog. If it's less violent than Let It Out!, it remains as much intense. And the solos...Hum pure delight! You can read about the Let It Out! downloadable by clicking on the link's album title.

I had already written that Let It Out! was 2011 album of the year. And I maintain this position. Rarely did I hear an album so intense where the scents of vintage EM espoused marvellously the symphonic ambitions of a musician. And when it comes from Bernd Kistenmacher, the capture of the delight is amplified. Offered Let It Out! is finally freed from a downloadable version which simply didn't gave it justice. The powerful performance of Kistenmacher at the Ricochet Gathering is unique. It's a piece of anthology in the chessboard of contemporary EM which doesn't deserve the forgetting in the vast areas of the Internet. And LET IT OUT! + Compressed Fluid is even bigger with two powerful tracks of a rare intensity signed Bernd Kistenmacher. A must have!

Sylvain Lupari (January 2nd, 2013) *****

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