Mohn - Saturn
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The music made by the duo of Wolfgang Voigt and Jörg Burger was to be what they called “ambient grunge”, and they would work under the guise of Mohn. No one truly knew what the finished product would sound like, except expecting something quite…different. But “music for Petri dishes” and “Goth ambient”? Could it really be so disturbing and distraught?
To be precise; this is the perfect soundtrack to spending your time in a sensory deprivation tank. It is definitely out there, somewhere in the dark, black nether world.
‘Mohn’ is not some discordant mess, like electro-experimenting or Radiohead attempting to be different. How could it be with these two collaborating? They are both consummate professionals. There is logic to all of this, even if it may be a bit sinister. This is like moving very slowly beneath a dark cloud; a nightmare where your legs are heavy lead and you can hardly breathe because of the suffocating humidity and heat, you glance up at the swirling funnel cloud forming above you but you just can’t get away. You keep running, it keeps swirling over head like some sinister spectre.
Thinking about it, some of these tracks could be the bastard offspring of Bowie’s instrumentals from ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’. Tracks forgotten and left to slowly decay. As they breakdown, they form their own identity and take new shape. These are too intriguing to be a bore.
Ever wonder what heavy electronic sounded like? This is it. This is the kind of stuff that Black Metal defectors could only hope to conjure up. It’s icy and unforgiving. It’s like Mercury. Dense, slick and metallic and served up in a foggy haze. The nine tracks are not for the faint of heart and definitely should not be left near any audio equipment if you are hoping for a pleasant evening or hosting a party. There is absolutely no ‘party rockin’ on these electronic Draconian symphonies. ‘Mohn’ is truly a different view of ambient music, albeit under heavy static and distortion. It is a curious piece, and dignified work…it’s just not for everyone.
Tune in, turn on and drop out-just make sure there is someone around to bring you back when the record is over.