DIAL CD 30 | DIAL LP 30
31st March 2014
CD, vinyl & digital
Some Kind Of Up And Down Yes
Efdemin’s third album ‘Decay’ focuses on the deeper side of techno while exploring the beauty in decay.
Efdemin is back on DIAL with his third full-length album DECAY, following his self-titled debut in 2007 and follow-up, CHICAGO, in 2010. Once again he offers a stunningly seductive stream of music written in his very own hand.
After three years of extensive touring as a DJ, Phillip Sollmann took the chance to compose his third album under his Efdemin moniker while spending three months in an artist residency in Kyoto, Japan. Living next to a river, surrounded by temples, shrines and the ever-present blue mountains, he started working in the late summer, facing typhoons and intensive heat, and finished the album in the early mild days of winter. Thus mainly assembled in autumn, his favourite season of year, the ten tracks on “Decay” express the paradoxical relationship between beauty and decay.
The production procedure was a dichotomous one. Recording was done in his recently finished new Berlin-Wedding studio, “The Meadow,” mostly on analog equipment, while the final production took place in Japan. The result is an album of intriguing rigour and a certain beauty hidden within.
It marks a big step towards the deeper side of techno and lets many of his early influences in 90s techno shine through (from early Cologne minimalism, M-plant and Axis to Terrence Dixon) as well as his love for drone music. Although at a first glance it might seem that this album is a somehow more distant and less melodic than the previous output, it provides the full unique range of Efdemin’s vocabulary, which he is known and loved for. Decay sounds in certain parts like a of process of correction, revaluation and re-alignment, making room for new thing to come. There is beauty within decay.
Efdemin is very closely associated with DIAL records, ever since the early days in Hamburg.
Dial Records is a music label focusing primarily on post-minimal dance music. The label has released a number of influential 12″s and full-length albums by artists such as Pantha Du Prince, Efdemin, Roman Flügel, John Roberts, Lawrence and Carsten Jost. Besides it’s electronic dance releases, the uncompromising release policy of Dial Records allows a huge variety of music including the singersongwriters Phantom Ghost and Dominique, drones and experiments by Phillip Sollmann, Queens and Glühen4, chamber music by Christian Naujoks. Another claim of the label is the unique graphic design by Till Sperrle and an extraordinary selection of cover artists featuring Amelie von Wulffen, Christian Flamm, Hanna Schwarz, Mathias Poledna, Monika Michalko, Sergej Jensen and many others.
Dial Records was founded in 2000 in Hamburg, Germany by David Lieske, Pawel Kominek and Peter M. Kersten and is now based in Berlin, where regular showcases at Panorama Bar present the eccentric
groove of the label.
“Some Kind Of Up And Down Yes”
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