Machine Fabriek + Leo Fabriek

Be warned, this isn’t a release that will instantly grab you; its self effacing nature means that the listener needs time and patience, but it’s definitely worth it.

Machine Fabriek + Leo Fabriek

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Along with Rutger Zuyderveldt, Leo Fabriek, the drummer with experimental beasts the Julie Mittens allows the more reflective side of his nature to be given full expression with his other band; Machine Fabriek. This release, with it's very attractive but maddeningly “clever” cover (I had problems working out how to extract the CD out), is concerned with the minimal interplay between Fabriek’s dry, sparse piano runs and Zuydervelt’s guitar effects.

 

The resulting textures and delicate melodies that act as a balance aren’t a million miles away from what Rodelius was working on in the early 80s, albeit in a more drawn out manner. The piano is key to the tempo; giving melodic structure to tracks like Het Waait Over and Polderlicht, though the guitar effects come into their own on the brooding Wolken Over Cronesteyn and the quirky Pluimen.

 

Be warned, this isn’t a release that will instantly grab you; its self effacing nature means that the listener needs time and patience, but it’s definitely worth it.