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Birke / Leykam / Panasenko — Bewitched Revelations
(Frank Mark Arts FMA 0615, 2006, CD)

by Sean McFee, Published 2007-03-01

Bewitched Revelations Cover art

Bewitched Revelations is the first album I am aware of from the American trio of Martin Birke, Roman Leykam, and Daniel Panasenko. It features thirteen instrumentals, mostly improvs, recorded over a number of years. Highly programmed, there are lots of loops and sequences as well as programmed percussion, with the odd untreated guitar and bass parts here and there. Samples and MIDI instrumentation further enrich the sonic palette they have to work with. Deeply rhythmic and groovy, I was even reminded of West African percussion sounds at times. There is much in common with electronica and sonic manipulators in a number of “genres” we cover. “Take the Plunge,” with its ambient guitar textures, sequences, and repetitive drone, feels like a cross between the work of Klaus Schulze and Zoviet France. This ambient quality pervades the disc, and it should serve equally well for active listening and background activity. It’s more my type of ambient music, something pulsating and less static, so take my biases for what they are. If you like such “active ambient” music, or “chill-out electronica,” or some other appropriate oxymoron, Bewitched Revelations should be on your shopping list.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Martin Birke, Roman Leykam, Daniel Panasenko

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