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info opinion

The 11th Voyage

self-titled 7"

Economic Thought

Genre: toy pop, electronic, experimental

Berlin, Germany

Apr 12, 2009

Mhm, more melodic toy bleepery from everyone's favourite electronic twiddler, Adi Gelbart. The 11th Voyage is a unique project that recalls the work of Bruce Haack and Plone. It is tremendously bizarre but so playful and compelling that it will appeal to a wide array of listeners, not just hardened experimental music enthusiasts. The theme seems to be a space journey (it's influenced by Stanislaw Lem's Ijon Tichy books), and the music itself is capable of evoking a a wide array of images. "Hilton Sewer" conjures up fantasies of a Martian red-light district, and "In the Service of Hys Myghty Inductivitee Calculon the Fyrst" balances regal officialdom with clanging guitar. Remarkably, the B-side tops the first half of the record. "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Kosmonaut" brandishes a wonderful, twinkly synth melody, while "Antimatter Against the Lord" is a whimsical soundscape that might have accompanied a 1950s intergalactic sci-fi film. All in all, this is very neat stuff.

adi gelbart's myspace

youuuuuuuutube!: gelbart's "please don't use drugs" video

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2007]