Mathias Grassow & Thomas Weiss | Insights

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Insights

by Mathias Grassow & Thomas Weiss

Weiss and Grassow creating a new sound, which works well for the traditional and contemporary listener. Deep and reflective. "This is another big A ambient album, great late night atmospheric music"
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. In
7:24 album only
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2. Circles
13:56 album only
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3. Whole pulse
17:01 album only
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4. Language of silence
9:15 album only
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5. Sights
13:44 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

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Album Notes
"On Databloem’s Practising Nature sublabel comes another new release from Germany’s Mathias Grassow and Thomas Weiss. Their Conscience CD was an excellent purely meditative CD, and Insights is equally good if slightly more active, though only relatively speaking. There is a surprisingly playful bouncing bass line in the undercurrent of “In,” the first track. But even the bass line is used in that repetitive, hypnotizing fashion that epitomizes Grassow’s style. More surprising is the appearance of sequencing as “Circles” fades in. Still, a choir hangs in the air saying “ah” into infinity, so this is still deeply trance-inducing stuff. And the loop is not your typical Berlin school fare, it has a quirky tribal yet modern percussive quality to it, very cool indeed. I still don’t know how they do it, picking a simple tone or phrase and making it so warm and soothing that it seems to echo forever, and you want it to. “Whole Pulse” arrives on a single drone after the various elements of “Circles” are gradually stripped away over its final minutes. The drone pulses slowly, and has a string sound that lends an orchestral feel, but it is a dark minimal symphony. Whereas “Circles” slowly evolved into distinct movements, “Whole Pulse” is only slight variants on itself over its 17 minutes, and as usual that’s just fine, perfect for contemplation or just tripping out. Brighter shimmers of sound herald “Language of Silence,” which adds just a bit of grit in the form of soft buzzes over the warm drones. Synthetic night sounds, almost alien, punctuate the air at the end. “Sights” is lighter than the rest, dreamy and ethereal, with gentle tribal elements as the disc draws to a close. As with many Grassow discs, you will be hard pressed to stay awake to the end, but you’ll be smiling while you dream. Grassow and Weiss make a winning team once again"
PHIL DERBY

"This is another big A ambient album, great late night atmospheric music."
VITAL WEEKLY

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