Frans de Waard writes about our new release Low Frequency Orchestra & Wolfgang Mitterer: MOLE (chmafu nocords) in Vital Weekly #758:
Every CD that drops on this doorstep is inspected and judged: is it for me, or for one of my reviewers, specialized in some genre? With this one I must admit I really had a hard time. The improvisational nature of the Low Frequency Orchestra made me think this would be more suitable for Dolf Mulder’s expertise on the subject but there is something quite captivating about this release which made me think about this more myself. The Low Frequency Orchestra is a small ensemble of ‘paetzold’ recorders, electronic devices, voice, double bass and drums and they team up here with one Wolfgang Mitterer who plays organ. The starting point of this CD is a live recording which has been ‘repeatedly revised, de- and re-composed’. Taking into account this and the fact that this is a small ensemble, I was reminded of Mnemonists and Biota, who used similar group playing and extensive studio techniques to define their unique sound. Something of this I recognize in this music, especially in the title piece. It is preceded by five short solo pieces by various members of the orchestra and I am not sure why they are included. They nevertheless sound great, but its ‘Mole’, lasting thirty minutes which makes this really great. A very vibrant piece of rock music which meets up, as easily, with improvised textures and studio techniques to further alienate the listener. Things happen at considerable speed, with a nice sense of brutality and careful when necessary. An excellent release.
(FdW / vital weekly / 2010)