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heinrich dressel - sighing melodies thru the graves (12inch vinyl lp)

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ARTIST // heinrich dressel
LABEL // mannequin records (de)
CAT // mnq027lp


Very cryptic mini-LP from Mannequin from the elusive Henrich Dressel (apparently inspired by the name of a 'pioneering German archaelogist.' No connection to Jurgen Muller, as far as I know). "Sighing Melodies Thru the Graves" is a disco-infused affair full of insanely catchy hooks and dance grooves. Tunes like "The Fifty Days of Mighty Lunacy" and "The Black Radiant Sky" definitely tread in the same waters that Drexciya call home, but Dressel adds an Italo touch that helps set them apart. His basslines are, generally, pretty simple, but that is also their strength. It's always the bass on these tunes that keeps this space trek moving forward and it's the bass lines, not the melody, that lodge firmly in your brain. The vocoder action on the title track, in conjunction with the beat and synth leads, remindsd me a lot of that somewhat corny (but totally fucking great) Droids "Star Peace" album from the late 70s. In fact, that record may be the best jumping off point for Dressel's work here and for my money, there's nothing wrong with that. "Sighing Melodies Thru the Graves" is a hell of a lot of fun. - Brad Rose, Experimedia
Mannequin is more than proud to announce the forthcoming release of Heinrich Dressel aka Valerio Lombardozzi, the italian producer and mind of one of the best techno-electro labels around, MinimalRome.

After some marvellous releases on Legowelt's Strange Life and Minimal Rome, Heinrich Dressel is finally celebrating the use of vintage synthesizers and driven electronic machines, holding elements of electro and ambient at the same time, but breaking from the genres too, deeply inspired by Heinrich Dressel, the pioneering German archeologist sent to study in the holy city in Monte Testaccio, who drew what is now a major tool for study of Roman amphorae, the "Table of Dressel.

Heinrich Dressel is placed in a sort of limbo where John Carpenter meets Drexciya, a sonorous journey through the darker side of the electro, taking the commands of the Elka Synthex, one of the most impressive polysynths in the history of music, planned and manifactured by Mario Maggi in the early 80s, as the commercial brother of the MCS70, synth that gave birth to a masterpice album like "Automat". "Sighing Melodies Thru The Graves" musically speaking can be described as a captivating hybrid of styles, mixing the chilling-menacing mood of the 70s / 80s lo-fi funkadelic horror soundtracks to outerspace synthesised soundscapes in a pure classy vein. This is cryptical-kosmische psychedelica with a nice electro retro touch and avant-minimalist vibes. An important contribution and a propulsive cinematic affair.

LP Version: Limited edition of 300 copies, 140 gr white vinyl