Objekt – Flatland

(PAN, 2014)

Objekt (Berlin-based producer TJ Hertz) has been working on this album between 2012 and 2014, which really shows in the variation and details of these songs.

The album starts with quite a “Dead Cities” -like atmosphere (I’m still living in the nineties), but changes direction a bit on the second track, which is a brilliant display of minimalistic yet technically groovy Techno. The sounds are amazing, clear but deeply soft and reverberating, glowing and blinking, hard thumpin’ and bassy but glitchy. The nineties IDM feelings are still positively haunting a bit in my mind, but after the steady beat of the third song brings us to the dance-floor of another era, I’m starting to get the feeling this album can’t be categorised based on the first songs. There is definitely some of that old Rebirth Trance magic going on here just enough to keep things amusingly psychedelic, although I’m not seeing hippies on some Goa beach listening to this, more like a futuristic city where dancing cyborgs move in a nightclub of 16-bit platforms.

As the album proceeds, the album really shows it’s many faces and variations (build of the same style and palette of sounds all the time), some songs being a bit more ominous and dark, some more melancholic or beautiful in an ambient way. At some moments the album plays with you like having two songs playing at once on top of each other. This really feels like a soundtrack, like spending multiple days (experiencing many moods and scenes) at some imaginary neon city.

All the songs as so clearly sculpted from the same material (like using a highly complex software called “Flatland”), minimalistic futuristic and vintage synth soundscapes, while featuring so many elements and different personalities, this album will definitely be a multifaceted journey on each listen, and I really do recommend listening to this every time as a whole rather than a song here and song there. If you want your modern ultra-cool and stylish atmospheric futuristic Techno to sound like some IDM-soundtrack of the nineties, then you shall be at home right here. When the album ends, I’m left with a feeling of being exposed to something deeply genius, wanting more stuff from TJ Hertz.

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