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Dictaphone Vertigo II

It's true that moody, minimal soundscapes aren't everybody's thang, but Berlin's Oliver Doerell and Roger Doering demonstrate why listening to bleeps and bird chirps isn't just for sound-art installations. With day jobs in film and theater scoring, the duo's aesthetic is clearly cinematic: Vertigo II has a sweeping feel, like the perfect soundtrack for suddenly getting beamed onto a deserted fjord in Iceland. Deconstructed jazz elements flutter into these compositions like friendly specters; warm, fleshy sax notes get juxtaposed against steely, glitchy clicks for a 3-D textured feel. Check "Bruxelles," where a single thrumming tone lays the foundation for a mood exercise in loneliness.

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