Vlimmer :: IIIIIIII​/​IIIIIIIII (8 & 9) (Blackjack Illuminist)

As in the previous opus this album is a fine mix of influences coming from cold / dark wave, IDM movements, as well as minimal synth, post-punk and sci-fi soundtracks to produce a personal musical syncretism.

Vlimmer (aka Alexander Leonard Donat) is one crazily productive, imaginative synth wizard hailing from Berlin. Igloo readers are already familiar with some of his past materials such as the recommended Randow. As in the previous opus this album is a fine mix of influences coming from cold / dark wave, IDM movements, as well as minimal synth, post-punk and sci-fi soundtracks to produce a personal musical syncretism.

The conceptual background on IIIIIIII​/​IIIIIIIII (8 & 9) is mainly enriched by well-known musical territories, consequently the music offered in this new release is also a homage to challenging electronic music from the 80s, notably from Joy Division, New order, Bauhaus, Black Tape For A Blue Girl et al. The tracks are well elaborated, fruitfully imaginative, and with an appealing retro flavor. The synth sound-scapes are massive, dense, spooky, and sustained by plaintive melodious German vocals with ethereal dream-pop accents.

In summary, IIIIIIII​/​IIIIIIIII (8 & 9) is a quite moody, darkly atmospheric, ethereal gothic electro release with recognizable compositional schemas that will ravish fans of the aforementioned musical sub-genres.

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