Review: Moon – Industrie & Zärtlichkeit – Frank Music
Johannes and Johannes team up again. We are speaking about Johannes Paluka, better known as Iron Curtis and Frank Music head honcho Johannes Albert. The Berlin residents joined forces again to craft their first album as Moon. „Industrie & Zärtlichkeit“ is the final product out of this collaboration and it surely depicts the musical influences both have, but somehow it offers much more. „Industrie & Zärtlichkeit“ is not simply filled with Johannes Albert’s rough and cheesy house sound and it’s not only Iron Curtis‘ melodies and exciting chord progression. It’s more of a journey through different decades, times and styles of electronic music developed so far, merged into their very own sound that somewhat pays tribute to everything from the past and also gives us a vision of what could come next. The vinyl LP consists of nine exciting originals and two remixes. Lerosa and Black Spuma took care of the remixes and twisted the original material into their own understanding of electronic music.
„The Great Attractor“ opens Moon’s „Industrie & Zärtlichkeit“ LP with shiny pads, strings and chords that really spark through the speaker. The vocal on top perfectly fits this outer space feeling while describing a Moon. Well, how on point is this intro? The second track „Industrie & Zärtlichkeit“ is the title track and comes with some nice electronica influences. The percussions squeak, the pads are sounding lush and everything matches with ease. The track communicates a certain lightness and uplifting emotions throughout. Johannes Albert’s cheesiness meets Iron Curtis‘ sound aesthetic and sense for melodies. „Proto“, the third track is extremely deep and energetic from the very beginning. Heavy hitting kicks, strong claps and accurate snares are a powerful foundation. The slowly moving string with lots of room and the weird synth play a perfect counterpart to the static drum sounds. Together those parts create a playful and grooving left field house cut. The fourth track is called „Fjordig“. A very dark and organic sounding ambient piece which evolves slowly and adds some new sounds every now and then. Just some proper natural sounds are weaved into unplugging signals. „Cafe Del Landwehrkanal“ stands out with his exciting and minimalistic bassline. Dub influences, delays and reverbs pop out of every corner of the track. The organic drum rack adds a new sound layer to the very electronic sounding synths, pads and chord hits. The breakbeat inspired rhythm is sublime and turns this track into something unique. The following track „Light Of Virtue“ is a real bouncer. The acid elements really catch the attention right away. Support comes from solid drums that have a certain rawness in contrast to the very clean string that moves through the background. Especially the change between uplifting parts and very dark episodes in this track functions perfectly. This track features so many nice details, listening to it is just awesome. „MFB Nights“ with its soulful vocal has a strong appearance and stands out. So powerful and energetic with the agile drum sounds that fade in and out at the right time. Matching the vocal’s rhythm smoothly while acid sounds rush through the grid and generate a perfect vibe. „I will never cause you pain. No, no, no“, the vocal says it all. What a bomb! „Machine Rhythm Tomorrow“ offers some superb drum patterns, mumbling vocals, an organic bassline and light surface noises. The chord progression that comes in after a while is pure bliss and in combination with the rhythmic flute sounds it’s just extraordinarily good. If you know about a track that is similar, please let us know. For us this is unique and it is lovely all the way. „The bitter end“ is, you might already realize it, the last track. Just perfect ambient. Smooth pads, rain, swirling sounds and a lot delay. What more can you ask for? After the originals, there are still 2 remixes to discover. The first one is Black Spuma’s „Industrie & Zärtlichkeit“ remix. Hypnotic pads and an extremely agile bassline meet some uplifting sounds that shoot through the arrangement. Cowbells, strings and an endless amount of other noise can be found here and create a large amount of variety. For us, it’s a bit overloaded, but at the same time, we can feel the possibilities this track offers you when playing it out loud. Lerosa’s remix for „Appeal“ is the last track on the „Industrie & Zärtlichkeit“ LP. The original can be found on the last Frank Music release by Moon. Heavy synths meet Balearic rhythms in Lerosa’s version. We almost feel like trapped in the eighties somehow and leave it with that. It’s just not our sound. With „Industrie & Zärtlichkeit“ Moon really produced a diverse album between ambient, house, techno and electronica. Displaying their versatility and uniqueness in full effect. The LP has something for every taste and was done with endless love as you can clearly hear. So many details, so many influences. It’s endless, but always on point. What a lovely album by Johannes Albert and Iron Curtis. Finally a house LP that really feels like an album and not just sounds like putting two EPs together to an LP. What a lovely record.