Every musician or music project has had its rather insecure beginning. “Archetypes” assembles 12 tracks made during the formative stages of [´ramp] in 1996 and 1997.
The outcome on this release shows quite a lot of rough sonic sketches with a main part for Stephens and Franks analogue equipment. It kicks off with the 10-minute “Kickdown” on which Stephen and Lambert Ringlage hit the keys in a rather enthusiatic but not too focussed manner. The sequencing on this piece is well done though.
The following tracks after it are of a darker, textural nature and deal with the hellish side of war, more than once evoking a damp, forboding and eerie atmosphere. “Early Storm” briefly shifts to a more positive attitude and features female voices along elevating soundscapes and effects, but the next pieces oncemore submerge into the shadows like deep sonic meditations.
“Treibjagd” pulls some dynamic strings with a massive sequencer lead, assorted percussion and a swirling, surreal female voice, together creating a rather scary ominous disposition.
Atmospheres of intensive moodiness and dense worlds of shadow is what “Archetypes” offers its listeners. Be prepared.
Originally released as a cd-r in a plastic clamshell cover, “Archetypes” is now available as a download from MusicZeit.
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