Demdike Stare: Tryptych (3xCD, Modern Love, January 2011)

I find this collection an enjoyable listen, but I struggle to get a good mental grip on it. Spread across three CDs, it takes in a wide variety of genres, including (but not limited to) ambient, a dubby sort of techno, electronic, middle-Eastern, and arty sixties-style instrumental pop. The common factor is that it is, apparently, largely sourced from library recordings. It doesn’t wear this on its sleeve — there’s no forefronting of the vinyl crackles, as you’d get from the likes of Philip Jeck, and there’s no choppy plunderphonic cuts — but it does give it a stylistic uniformity. It’s a pleasant sound, but it never really takes off, and some lengthy periods feel like soundtrack filler.

I bought this from Boomkat. They call it Soundtracks / Library / Early Electronic.

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