Hotel Paral.lel

A 15 track experimental album (59m 5s) — released October 1st 2007 on Editions Mego

Originally released in September 1997 by Mego, "Hotel Paral.lel" was Christian Fennesz's debut solo album. Fennesz was born and raised in Austria and studied music formally in art school. In the late 1980s he formed a band called Maische, with a 'noise meets pop' approach similar to bands such as Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine. Maisce found some local popularity, but Fennesz was uncomfortable with the band setup and left.. Afterwards, he became involved in the Viennese techno scene of the early 1990s. From there on, he began to collect his own equipment and produce music based loosely around guitar and synthesizer sounds. Since the 1990s, Fennesz played live with Ryuichi Sakamoto, with British electroacoustic improvisation icon Keith Rowe, and with quirky American pop group Sparklehorse. He has also worked alongside Peter Rehberg and Jim O'Rourke in the improvisional trio Fenn O'Berg, and with British singer David Silvian. Following his "Instrument" EP, "Hotel Paral.lel" was an investigation into the sonic possibilities residing in guitar based digital music, recorded just before mobile computing devices became the norm. A far more darker work than what was to follow. Freeform noise, sliced techno beats and subtle ambient textures create a timeless work which is an essential addition to any collection of pioneering music of the late 20th Century. And on the closing "Aus" we see a glimpse of what was to come in the future.
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