ISO50 Premiere: Markus Guentner
I haven’t felt this privileged since releasing Casino Versus Japan on Moodgadget. Here’s a perfected EP from Pop Ambient legend Markus Guentner. We’ve been sitting with this album for a few months just trying to find the right time to release and work up the right artwork. Would love some feedback to share with Markus, trying to get him to come out to the US for a tour. Also, download the single “Shadows of the City” for free in the Soundcloud player.
The EP is only $3.99 for the first 2 weeks
It wasn’t until the advent of time-lapse photography that humans were able to perceive slow and subtle processes on a comprehensible scale. New wisdom can be found in being able to perceive clouds flowing like a river, or the way heavy traffic on a city street begins to resemble the circulation of blood vessels through an artery. In many ways, “Shadows of the City,” Markus Guentner’s latest release captures this fleeting sensation of experiencing time and space on a novel but disarmingly-familiar scale, enthralling listeners with deftly-constructed soundscapes that tell a story widely-open to individual interpretation.
Opening with the track “Chromatic Fields,” Guentner envelopes the user in a warm, resonant sphere of energy, gliding over the shimmering surface of a moonlit pond. Continuing with “Ashes,” a stark but uplifting and meditative movement, the listener is prepared for the first of two longer pieces as the sense of anticipation grows. The title track emerges from the shadowy silence before a Voigt-like four-to-the-floor beat takes hold of the listener and carries them through canyon-like resonance separating monolithic structures of percussion, snaps of air and cracks of sunlight flashing through to illuminate the dust. With the following track, “The Run,” Guentner releases the built-up energy, returning the listener to the center, preparing them for what comes next. “The Coral Crowd” is ushered in much like it’s long-playing counterpart (or counterpoint, to some), graceful yet grounded, organic, but orderly. Ending symmetrically with “Eternal,” listeners are gently returned to consciousness, new insights revealed and ready for the next play-through. A wholly satisfying low-levels listening experience from beginning to end, “Shadows of the City” may represent some of Markus Guentner’s finest and most mature work to-date.
13 Comments Leave A Comment
Cornelius says:November 26, 2013 at 4:00 am
Shame the discount is only US but who cares, it’s beautiful, full price it is. :)
Anonymous says:November 26, 2013 at 5:12 am
and btw, awesome work getting the overlord of ambience to release on your label. MASSIVE fan.
Dolmen Moon says:November 26, 2013 at 11:01 am
This is lovely, lovely stuff. Epic, warm, immersive.
Philip says:November 26, 2013 at 11:11 am
Just finished. This is the kind of beautiful, massive ambient music that’s hard to come by nowadays. What an incredible listen. Thank you for sharing.
Jamison says:November 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm
This is so beautiful
Owen says:November 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm
Music + artwork = love
Mike says:November 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Wish there was a vinyl pressing of this album!
Scott says:November 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm
This is an incredible collection of music. Thank you.
Trillian Miles says:November 27, 2013 at 12:15 am
Wow! This is like the golden days of Biosphere..
Gonna buy it.
Marta says:November 28, 2013 at 4:51 am
I like your designs. Your posters, your shirts, your photos …. I like everything and more. They are very stylish.
Greetings from Spain.
agencia de Publicidad Sevilla
Jeremy says:November 29, 2013 at 11:47 am
Love this Album! at $4.00, I will be buying it, that’s a great Deal!
jon says:December 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm
Markus, for the love of all that is holy please come tour the USA. You will be welcomed with open arms!
ANDREW says:December 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm
jakob / markus :: loving this release. i’m enveloped with a sense of awe and calm – something subtle and dramatic is lost and found within this audioscape. hoping to see markus and other moodgadget sights and sounds at sxsw 2014 please.