Dictaphone Vertigo II

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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.