Another dystopian Ambient-, Noise-, New Age-Jam from the DIY-Underground, released on cassette, of course. “Hallo Endzeit”, yeah sure… Why bother? If the end is nigh, no need to get another tape, right? Not the best decision to improve your carbon foot-print, anyway and it doesn’t come with a C-19 antibody-test either. It’s just music. Quite good music, to be honest – but in the face of current events worldwide: does it matter? Black Lives do, for sure, but what about music? What about cultural activities in general? What about the cellar-dwelling oddballs ‘n weirdos hiding from daylight, home-recording music, collecting records, assembling fanzines, printing flyers for DIY-shows that – given the current state of the world – are cancelled for the foreseeable future anyway? Are the kids still “alright” or – sadly – just alt-right? What about that infamous “machine” that “kills fascists”, does it still work, and if so: are electronic devices (such as synthesizers) useful in the same manner? If not woke, we’re all worried, at least and “the times they are a-changing”, that’s for sure. Into this prevailing atmosphere of unease in the face of an uncertain future Pascal Hector drops a record that – given its title – seems to embrace the impending doom ‘n gloom scenario. It’s his first Elfenbeinturm release since “1982 – Pizza, Beer and Smokes”, more than ten years ago. Notice the difference? Seems like the careless days of juvenile delinquency and jauntiness are bygone. Reality bites – and it hurts. But, so what? “If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten” – and that’s to keep on keeping on, for fuck’s sake! Just like Pascal does: On “Hallo Endzeit” he’s sticking to his guns more than ever before. His love for early electronic music from the likes of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream or Harmonia shines through these recordings as much as his affection for the experimental noise music of the past decade (i.e. Yellow Swans, Emeralds, Skaters etc.). Being part of “the scene” for many, many years (yep, he’s twisting knobs ‘n looping tapes in Datashock since forever) he sure knows his way around a gripping ‘n cinematic piece of electronic music and even if (his or any other) music may not safe the world (quite an embarrassing demand if you think about it): not having any music around doesn’t help for sure. So, while coming to terms with all the disorder, turmoil and mayhem why not listen to “Hallo Endzeit”?
While I'm a huge fan of electronic music, I love when these projects also introduce a narrative aspect. The unfolding history of Martin's musical journey adds such a wonderful dimension while listening to these albums. Not to mention the great visuals, too.
This is a rather enjoyable throwback to a branch of psychedelic/Krautrock that I especially enjoy...just swathes of often chaotic sound, thrumming rhythms, mad drumming and madder strumming and weirdly angled improvisation. David Alexander McDonald