Title Of Album: Traveller
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: TonAtom / tonAtom.137
Genre: Electro, IDM, Ambient
Total Time: 00:39:08
Total Size: 193 mb
01. Friedrichshain (05:59)
02. Camden Lock (04:45)
03. Schanzenviertel (06:18)
04. Barri Gotic (06:29)
05. IJ (04:31)
06. Camden Lock (Abjective Remix) (05:26)
07. Friedrichshain (Weldroid Remix) (05:41)
the tracks on "traveller" do without striking effects and fashionable frills. instead the listener can expect clean elaborate electro sounds that focus on an aspect that has been put aside in many other places: composition and melodics. the songs deploy these features to tell us about moods that oscillate between wanderlust, homesickness, well-being and mere existence."traveller" is deliberately less percussive and emphasises the narrative facetes of the melodies. which in fact does not keep "ij" or "schanzenviertel" from building on luscious foundation layers, which could even make gorillas grunt contentedly.
this album, although almost classical at its core, develops its very own modernity. the combination of highly pleasing feel-good components (please note the beautifully reduced beat in "camden lock") and tension-building bass and lead lines develops the typical xenoton charm.
and we have to mention the two remixes that complement this release excellently. both reinterpret the original track in their very own ways by adding something new to the already described characteristics. abjective adds some ruptured unrest to "camden lock" revealing a somewhat different aspect of the track. weldroid quite properly underlines the rocking (or at least head-nodding) character of "friedrichshain" with massive beats. both remixes are not added just for being there but they add fascinating aspects to xenoton's music and enhance the whole release.
listening to "traveller" is fun. and repeated listenings reward through the discovery of new details. it is highly recommended to go on the next part of the journey with this travel guide.