The Ebertbrothers :: Engine Eyes EP (Mindwaves Music)

The Ebertbrothers contain a flare of times gone by, however, they add a new slant to their craft of darkened electronics, bubbling melodies and full-throttle rhythms that it’s hard not to feel the nostalgia thanks to Mindwaves Music.

Sometimes you just have to take a step back and reminisce about the early 00s where electronic”a” really got a firm grip on your emotions. Not only did labels like Merck, Neo Ouija and DeFocus inspire audiences with fresh, clean and mechanical data bursts, they were able to keep their flow of releases open and full of life. The Ebertbrothers contain a similar flare of times gone by, however, they add a new slant to their craft of darkened electronics, bubbling melodies and full-throttle rhythms that it’s hard not to feel the nostalgia thanks to Mindwaves Music. Opening with “Sunset Car Chase,” a bass heavy expression of synths, raw beats and cascading melodic slivers tend to hover around each other in excitement. “Rusty Black Bike” is a pleasant dosage of slow-churning electronics and harmonious sparkles. Karsten Pflum makes an entrance on his remix of “Black String”—taken from Susten Pass (Mindwaves Music, 2011)—as it dives straight into minimal waters of microscopic audio circling. Lackluster’s “Feature Film” remix—also taken from Susten Pass—slices and dices the original with crisp, shattering glass and classic IDM crescendos; it’s a focused passage of timeless serenity. Badun’s reconstructed “Sympathy Changes” ignites a clicks’n cuts aesthetic, dribbling bass and beats as manipulated vocals slide through unlit tunnels. The highlight on Engine Eyes comes in the form of “Dead End Junction.” Swirling patches of data melt in a seabed of encapsulated chaos. “Learning to Walk” captures a more industrial grove of lightened melodies and broken ambience, but in the end Engine Eyesis a focused effort that engages the ears without falling away in experimental exercises.

Engine Eyes is available on Mindwaves Music. [Release page]

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