How do you react if you put out a release which is considered to be “a highwater mark of the EP series. Some of the more forward thinking music of recent times” (This Year in Music, UK, on EP 5, “lllll”)? Try not to think about what people expect from you.
With parts 6 and 7 of his 18 EP series Berlin’s Vlimmer is ultimately tearing down genre boundaries. The songs grab you with cold hands and keep pushing you into new but dark rooms of a modern haunted house which appears way higher than you might have expected once you’ve managed to find a window to look through. And there it is, the undeniable feeling of uncertainty. Is the building shaking or is it you? The songs of Vlimmer are driven by rhythmic loops, they are the product of several layers of often distorted but fragile sounds which, as a result, are tight enough to keep you trapped in a hypertensive maze of panic. The horror lurks in there somewhere.
A half year after Die Seele premiered Vlimmer’s 9 minute opener of EP “lllll”, “Zielschwund, Vlimmer’s is back with his most complex track: a 13 minute progressive Darkwave/Postpunk monster that sounds like an exploding, mutated version of Minimal Techno packed with sounds, drama, melancholia, melodies, darkness, light, darkness again, and a skydiving chorus – which eventually leads into a Drone dungeon.
Vlimmer’s double EP “llllll” / “lllllll” is due out on February 10 as limited edition box set, on CD, cassette or as download.