“Raumwerk” is the fourth album by Art of Infinity, a German project founded back in 1996 by Thorsten Sudler-Mainz and Thorsten Rentsch. I’ve never felt any affinity or emotion in the band’s mainstream electronic music, and the poppy tunes making up this 55-minute release once again make me feel the same.
What’s supposed to be a fantastic musical journey through space and time to distant galaxies, for me ends up in cross-over EM and bland easy-listening, a lame effort creating atmospheres.
A whole list of guest musicians contributing to “Raumwerk” doesn’t make it more interesting nor appealing, nor does the use of German vocals/ texts or rhythmic loops on some pieces. The few spots where the band tries to give their slow music a certain symphonic touch (e.g. “Das Tor”) doesn’t work either for me.
For me, this one-dimensional kind of music lacks joy and sparkle and that simply is not my cup of tea (although I honestly don’t have the faintest idea who it might please either).