01. B-Machina * Der Abend 7.38
It's been a while since we've had a B-Machina release here on Honour And Darkness, but you know what they say: "Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder." Yes....? No...? Oh well, enough with Nazgul's feeble attempts at humour and on with the post!
This 2009 release on B&W came in a slightly surprisingly limited edition of 50 copies: surprising as (i) the release had taken quite a while to be released since being initially advertised, so presumably there was quite a groundswell of anticipation for it, and (ii) it's had the full treatment in terms of it's production (excellent covers from Chris H, and an innovative wrap-around page from a Georg Trakl book to complement the theme of the album). You feel more than 50 would have been snapped up by the discerning readers of this Blog alone, let alone the wider music-loving public at large....? Then again, B&W (much like W.A.R. Productions) is known for the red-carpet treatment of its releases, so perhaps the excellent packaging herein is to be expected for even small volume releases.
Nazgul's copy bears the cover of the book of Trakl's poems as its insert, so that's probably a good excuse for calling this copy #1 of the 50, unnumbered or otherwise!
So there you have it - quite the character! The music on this release mirrors the nature of the poetry to a significant degree, being in turn a myriad of influences and textures in its own right. The Kreuzer tracks are more narrative driven (Nazgul presumes the the quoted narrative throughout all of the tracks are drawn from Trakl's work, although not being a scholar of the man's poetry he couldn't attest to this for certain). Kreuzer as a band, incidentally, cite on their MySpace site that they "make noises of history and drones of art." Worth checking out, at http://www.myspace.com/kreuzermusic.
In respect of the B-Machina material, the opening track 'Der Abend' is redolent with sound effect and industrial noise, charged with staccato flamenco guitar from Max that is very similar to that heard on the band's "Other Visions" release - no bad thing there. Final track 'Die Nacht' is a classic B-Machina affair, echoing effects and vocals, strange soundscapes hanging in the air and defying all logical interpretation, again augmented with the flamenco acoustic strummings that takes the music to different levels.
It's not always an easy listen, this release, but then as philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Trakl's patron, once said of Trakl's poems, "I do not understand them; but their tone pleases me. It is the tone of true genius."