Ekkehard Ehlers Politik Braucht Keinen Feind

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With its images of dissolute club-goers, the cover art and booklet of this latest release by Frankfurt's versatile Ekkehard Ehlers would seem at first glance to herald his return to the dance floor-hinting more at the aquatic techno of his Auch persona. Instead, this disc finds Ehlers creating his own form of drifting chamber music. On the first two pieces, Ehlers works with a single instrument-on "Ma?nder," a bass clarinet, on "Blind," a cello-whose sound he then manipulates, layers and distorts into surprisingly complex and richly evocative compositions. The final, extended piece, a mesmerizing, immersive drone called "Woolf Phase" is perhaps the least complex of the three, but is engrossing nonetheless.