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phantom horse - self titled (12inch vinyl lp)

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ARTIST // phantom horse
LABEL // dekorder (de)
CAT // dek062lp


Debut LP from Hamburg neo-krautrock duo Phantom Horse that plays as a continuation of themes introduced by the likes of Neu!, Can, and, most prominently, Cluster (Phantom Horse maintain a Zuckerzeit-style propulsion throughout). The opener "Neunzehnhundertzweitausend" translates as "nineteen hundred two thousand" and this reinforces an idea of a temporal bend, an awareness of legacy and continuation. The album starts things off with a throbbing baseline that fades in and out of focus while an electric piano patch, soft bells, and careful guitar swell toward ultimate disintegration when the machines lose power. "Twilight Sohn" follows with a motorik drum machine and distorted melody accompanied by electric chirps and wobbling oscillations. The patterns that Phantom Horse conjure are hypnotic and, like their namesake, an ethereal presence that overwhelms and engages while maintaining a steady gallop. There's a bit of early Battles melodic repetition in songs like Rongo Rongo and Kateshi among the constant kraut rhythm and movement. A worthy debut and definitely a group to keep an eye on. - Curt Brown, Experimedia
Phantom Horse is the duo of Ulf Schütte and Niklas Dommaschk from Hamburg and Kiel (home of seminal Digitalis Recordings artist Jürgen Müller). Schütte is a (part-time) member of Datashock, Black To Comm, Aosuke et al and has recently released his modular synth explorations under the Alien Radiomoniker on a (sold-out) Dekorder split-LP with Keith Fullerton Whitman and a 4-way split 7" with Köhn, Ducktails and Peaking Lights on Kraak. Dommaschk plays guitar, synth and electric piano. With the aid of a drum machine and (acoustic & synth) percussion the duo creates polyrhythmic and refreshingly brief song-based compositions influenced by the tuneful melancholy of Moondog, Minimal Music of the 60's and 70's, a deep love for the early electronics of Cabaret Voltaire and (kind of inevitable) the whole Cluster/Harmonia axis of German experimentalism. The latter being a major reference point with their pioneering explorations of rhythm & melody within seemingly abstract textures. Phantom Horse create a similarly exciting fusion of bleeping modular/analog synths and electric guitar with gorgeous melodies coming from arpeggiated electric piano riffs while the hypnotic background rhythms from both guitar and percussion are hinting towards Krautrock as well as African music (or its 2nd hand use on albums like Eno/Byrne's Bush Of Ghosts respectively).

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