The Last Gambit :: Songs for people who like us (Halbsicht)

Harking back to the early City Centre Offices Towerblock series (Arovane, Fizzarum, Herrmann & Klein et al), Songs for people who like us flicks disparate ashes above frictionless rhythms; carefully balancing emotive harmonies versus crackling percussive bursts of beauty.

The Last Gambit

The hesitation of using the term electronica is in full-force as mainstream media continues to pigeonhole anything remotely electronic sounding (sans lyrics that is) into this vague description that has eroded and lost its luster over the years. Written off as a commercially accepted medium, electronica usually contains equal parts surreal melodies and chilled percussion adjacent to digital sounding progressions. And just as intelligent dance music (IDM) continues to shed its namesake from being a Hyperreal mailing list devoted to all things Aphex Twin and to the left, artists such as The Last Gambit (and listeners alike) shouldn’t be deterred by these fuzzy descriptors. As a matter of fact, when used correctly, the tagline describes an unabridged style of music that emphasizes rhythm, melody, electronic experiments and a focus on art to describe sound. Such is the case with Halbsicht‘s latest production, The Last Gambit, and their December 2011 release of Songs for people who like us.

A Mnemonic splinter-project of Michael Belletz and Danny Fischer, The Last Gambit became a growing synergy that elevated gentle electronics with an eye for artistic panoramas. This collaboration — three years in the making — has now risen to display both visual and auditory vistas that ebb and flow throughout its duration. Harking back to the early City Centre Offices Towerblock series (Arovane, Fizzarum, Herrmann & Klein et al), SFPLU flicks disparate ashes above frictionless rhythms; carefully balancing emotive harmonies versus crackling percussive bursts of beauty. Slicing through a sort of reversed melancholia, this collection of musical entities are brittle in construction and embody past iterations electronica’s birth. SFPLU is a welcomed time-capsule that breathes new life into an otherwise fading genre.

Song for people who like us is available on Halbsicht.

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