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Bernhard Wöstheinrich & Alexander Paul Dowerk: Materiaal 053︱Vault Amusement 20220212

Bernhard Wöstheinrich is a German painter and multimedia artist, composer and musician. The Materiaal Series is an outlet for ‘unplanned, improvised, out of moment and raw music sessions’ from Bernhard and various guests. Materiaal Series release vol. 053 is a collaboration with the Berlin-based music producer, composer and touch guitarist Alexander Paul Dowerk.

I’d like to think of myself as an open-minded music listener. I’ll generally see the good in most musical endeavours, especially when I’ve taken the time to listen and review, and often to the extent that I’ll retrospectively wonder whether I’m too generous in my ratings. However, Materiaal 053︱Vault Amusement 20220212 by Bernhard Wöstheinrich & Alexander Paul Dowerk is an album that I don’t need to listen to ever again!

I’m certainly not an aficionado of Berlin School Electronic Music, but I don’t even think that’s what I’m grappling with on this album. Perhaps this music is too artistic for me? Perhaps its abstract nature is beyond my comprehension? Alternatively, perhaps it’s just a meandering and highly minimalistic improvisation between two musicians that fail to deliver any glimmers of the sort of melodic or rhythmic hooks that are required for me to find enjoyment in this style of music.

The most notable aspect of this release is the album art. Enough said.

Track Listing
  1. Subterranean
  2. Understructure
  3. Excavation
  4. Sepulture
  5. Vault
  6. Embalmment
  7. Dint
  8. Alcovian

Added: March 29th 2022
Reviewer: Chris Reid
Related Link: Artists @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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