We’ve had a lot of Matthias Springer’s techno and dub techno here over the past couple of years. Now, he’s delivered his debut album – Disruption of the Mind – for release in mid-September.
The album ranges across the whole gamut of his styles with techno, dub techno and downtempo all in evidence. This keeps the interest but slightly fractures the album’s coherence.
Opener Imago Animi Musica is a rippling soundscape, rolling out from soft drums. It sets out the basis for the album. The title translates roughly as Music is the Mirror of the Mind. And all the tracks on the album are about mental states. It’s also, in origin, a rework of an older version of the track – available for free download here:
The Inner Gap is back to the core dub techno that Springer does so well. Dubbed effects abound after a scratchy opening. Voices in my Head wants to go on a journey to inner space but can’t quite get there, never quite achieving lift off among the confusion. Eject Your Brain drifts into a more techno frame of mind with harder sounds and awkward vocal samples. The Sorespot takes that one further with a proper early 90s style acid workout. The title track, Disruption of the Mind, sits in an uncomfortable spot, straddling both dub effects and harder techno sounds – a not entirely successful combination. The Only Way Out gets back on track with the dub effects given proper space in which to operate and the discomfort induced is intentional and effective.
Cosmic Bubbles is the first track that doesn’t take a dystopian bent. The bubbling syth offers a hope and warmth hitherto absent. It’s mood of childlike wonder is a relief and smilingly cute. The Art of Disassociation takes it further into an Italo synth paradise, despite the title’s intent to imply a separation into parts. The album probably ought to have ended there. But there is one final track, Citalopram (an anti-depressant drug), which returns the album to its opening mood of anxiety, paranoia and dub.
Blurb: Working without any concept from track to track, not thinking about the message a track should tell before, that might be the answer if you would ask Matthias Springer about his producing workflow. This could be the whorst case scenario if you’d like to do an album release, but as usual such statements won’t work without an evident exception. 2013 definitely was a tough year for Matthias, with more downs than ups at all, in a lot of different ways. The only way for him to keep his faith in happiness was turning on his machines and doing some sound. As the album title “Disruption of the Mind” implies he tried to put his emotions and feelings during the last passed months into his music. All of the 10 tracks are refering to a special situation he was placed in, just read the tracktitles, listen to it and try to imagine what the sound is talking about. The whole release reflects on Matthias’ former monikers, presenting the reunion of Plasmic Shapes definition of techno, Dimbidubs deep soundscapes and Aksutiques downtempo affinity, still with his significant style in using delays and reverbs, his passion for large pads and soundscapes with a hypnotic character, and last but not least his love for the good old TB303!