Electronic music has spawned so many genres and subgenres that only aficionados can keep up. So Iâ€™m not sure if Berlin-based whiz kid Jan Jelinekâ€™s (Farben; Gramm) music is properly called Ambient Techno, Laptop, Click-House, or what. If youâ€™re in New York City, go hear him tonight (5/26) at Tonic (107 Norfolk St.) with his group Kosmischer Pitch (Cosmic Pitch), which also includes drummer Hanno Leichtmann (Static, Pole) and guitarist Andrew Pekler (Sad Rockets).
Jelinekâ€™s most recent album, also named Kosmischer Pitch, which came out last year, is definitely music made for listening, albeit generally the loops (boy does this album have loops) create a nice steady beat that you could very slowly and mellowly dance to if you really wanted to, though gentle head-nodding is more likely. Sounds are sometimes treated until the source material is hard to identify, but electric guitar is a major and recognizable part of the sound, although itâ€™s deployed in a very abstract and fragmented way. Frequently the effect is spacy, but due to the warmth and fuzziness of the sounds, itâ€™s more often inner space than outer space that is evoked. Rhythm is hardly neglected, but texture and timbre are what make this album fascinating even after repeated listens. Be sure to wait all the way to the end of the last track for a hidden track thatâ€™s very old-school electronic, a la1950s. - Steve Holtje
Additional tour dates:
5/27 Boulder CO - Trilogy Wine Bar
5/30 Austin TX - Flamingo Cantina
5/31 Portland OR - Holocene
6/1 San Francisco CA - Boca
6/2 Chicago IL- Empty Bottle
6/4 Montreal CAN- Mutek Festival (Jan Jelinek solo)
Mr. Holtje is a Brooklyn-based poet and composer. He has just finished recording his original soundtrack to Bystander, a documentary film by John Reilly.