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Pop Ambient 2011

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Bernsteinzimmer
Artist: anbb: alva noto & blixa bargeld
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Once In A Moment
Artist: Marsen Jules
6:56
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Dunkelraum
Artist: Triola
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Rückverzauberung 1
Artist: Wolfgang Voigt
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Beginner’s Waltz
Artist: Bhutan Tiger Rescue
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Ein Schöner Land
Artist: Jürgen Paape
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Make The Pain Go Away
Artist: Bvdub
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30.6.1881
Artist: Crato
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Libretto
Artist: Barnt
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The Other Side Of You
Artist: Mikkel Metal
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Volax
Artist: Jens-uwe Beyer
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Titan
Artist: Thomas Fehlmann
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 68:53

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Outstanding

marcusjm

More abstract and opaque than earlier Pop Ambient albums, this one feels like something more than just a comp., and it's absolutely one of the best from this stellar series. There are so many beautiful stretches here, with Bhutan Tiger Rescue's stunning entry probably representing the high point.

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*YAWN*

Grubenstier

Even more exceedingly boring, uninspired elevator music from the self-glorifying Kompakt label. Bored people with Mac Books who think they are real musicians.

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One of the best...

Muse8

...editions of this stellar series. Beautiful, soothing, introspective music.

They Say All Music Guide

The twelfth volume of Kompakt’s Pop Ambient series is the darkest one yet, its tone set by a sullen Alva Noto/Blixa Bargeld collaboration that appeared the previous year on the Raster-Noton label. The duo’s “Bernsteinzimmer” is something of an outlier in the series, involving tension-raising knocks and a typically halting reading from Bargeld (the series provides very little in the way beats and clearly heard voices), yet it indicates that the disc is not geared for pondering snowflake construction. This round of alluring, quietly disquieting tracks is highlighted by Jürgen Paape’s “Ein Schoner Land,” where smeared warning sirens and trumpets, a ghost choir, and a simply strummed acoustic guitar fade in and out to gradually chilling effect. Some of the new names — a small cast that includes the Magazine label’s Barnt, as well as Ewan Pearson and October’s Bhutan Tiger Rescue — supply frights. Crato’s “30.6.1881” is somewhere between Pink Floyd’s “Saucerful of Secrets” and early Labradford, awash in agitated cymbals over a buried, irregular pulse. Mikkel Metal adds a little levity with the out-of-character “The Other Side of You,” marrying bright atmospheres with basic drum hits and a simple that sounds positively chipper in relation to the various shades of doom and gloom on the remainder of the disc. – Andy Kellman

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