Friday, 15 June 2018

OCD040 : Morgen Wurde / Als Je Zuvor

Cover artwork by Lars Julien Meyer

OCD040 : Morgen Wurde / Als Je Zuvor

After Letzten Endes (see OCD027), this is the second release on Off from Morgen Wurde.

"Als je zuvor" is Morgen Wurde's latest electroacoustic opus of free-flowing emotive cinematic grandeur. 
It builds on the compositional approach of his 2015 album "Letzten Ende", which
was about space / doom / jazz music of majestic as well as threatening qualities:
first composing on the piano, then "clothing" these basic versions with organic electronic sounds and the input of long-term collaborators: elysian vocals by Maria Estrella Aggabao and trumpet playing of wondrous versatility by Tetsuroh Konishi (see OJP001OJP002OJP021 and OJP027).

After this conceptual predecessor, there were two Morgen Wurde albums on Time Released
Sound, California: "Brach auf", an album about the dark romanticism of the awe-inspiring forces of nature, and "Assassinous Act", a dark ambient / neo classical / jazz noir soundtrack for a fictitious crime film. These ones were conceptually based on collages of processed samples, in contrast to the more classical approach of "Letzten Endes" and the new album on hand.

Ascending to new expressive peaks, the alliance of acoustic and electronic forces give birth
to iridescent sonic realms, constantly shifting and progressing, feeling its way for deeper truths.

As the richness of this material is also a versatile source for remixes, certain promising producers broadened the experience by their own unique interpretations:
Illuvia is Ludvig Cimbrelius, Sweden's most prolific creator of transcendent electronic music of this decade - for his remix, he revelled in enraptured minimal dub bliss, bringing in acoustic guitar.
Nightkites from Brighton lets blossom one of the tunes into sweet dream pop electronica.

Gate Four from Vancouver brewed a striking dubby, future garage and bass music infused remix.
Brimming techno remixes come from Cie, a veteran of Cologne's electronic music scene, and from Mastrev, a shrewd emerging artist from Berlin.
Finally, Zweig & Pyrococcus from Germany dive into atmospheric drum'n'bass for their sweeping remix.

A nice review in Beach Sloth here :
“Als je zuvor” goes for a freewheeling, celebratory grace, proving Morgen Wurde to have a true ear for melody.

Written and produced by
J. Wolfgang Röttger (1 - 8)
Trumpet lines by Tetsuroh Konishi (1 - 5)
Vocals by Maria Estrella Aggabao (5 - 7)
Remixes by Ludvig Cimbrelius (9),
Nightkites (10), George Tam (11),
Cie (12), Paul Rohwerder (13),
Markus Kalb & Pyrococcus (14)
Artwork by Lars Julien Meyer
Special thanks to Oliver Schmidt

Physical and digital release on the 15th of June 2018.

Track listing:

01 Ermächtigte sich
02 Durchdrungen von
03 Verstehen würde
04 Sehen konnte
05 Beendete es
06 Bewusst wurde
07 Sich löste
08 Werden wollte
09 Sich löste (Illuvia Dubsolution)
10 Beendete es (Nightkites Remix)
11 Bewusst wurde (Gate Four Remix)
12 Beendete es (Cie Remix)
13 Ermächtigte sich (Mastrev Remix)
14 Sehen konnte (Zweig & Pyrococcus Remix)

See also ODG088 in Bandcamp:

See also ODG089 in Bandcamp:

See also ODG090 in Bandcamp with an extra bonus track:

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