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HAFLER TRIO - Who gave you the ability to envisage perfection?

Format: 7inch
Label & Cat.Number: Plinkity Plonk Records PLONK 21
Release Year: 2007
Note: lim. 333 / heavy clear vinyl & fantastic milky vellum-cover!!
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.50
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This new H30-Single wins not just only the price for the best cover-artwork in this list. The sounds are genius too !

The shimmering poly-drones pressed on side A of this clear 7" appear to us as "imploded music", where all categories and seperated things merge into one timeless entitiy, when the gentle female voice at the end comes in it feels almost like a revelation. The B-side is different, with two over-reverberating drone/organ -extensions. A perfect release!

"when we make a room ready, it's not a given that the appointment will be kept. furthermore, what used to happen in the old days, and will now start to happen again, is that random visitors will appear. it's only natural after all. so when this particular slice of tangerine was severed from the tree, it had purposes that were commensurate with that particular time: but now we gaze on the visage of something bigger than had at first been anticipated. revel in the ending that gave way to a beginning, although the path is not yet clear. there are no methods used here - but there are more things to tell when the bus reaches the terminus. as it will on completion of this piece of homework. Heavy vinyl and heavy vellum cover." [label info]

"Being pressed on clear vinyl and wrapped in a printed transparent vellum cover, the Hafler Trio's latest 7" is surrounded by a splendid aura even before you actually hear the music. The image on the front cites Christian iconography with the motif of Judith holding the head of Holofernes, albeit in a great 1920s photographic soft porn version. On the back there is a text that is printed on the inside of the sleeve and thus appears mirror-inverted on the outside, which nicely corresponds to the hermetic nature suggested by the text itself. The music lends itself to (albeit rather helpless) poetic visual metaphors: distant, yet most sensuous drones, blurred as if heard through a fine acoustic haze, with sounds moving about like bizarre shadows, devoid of sharp contours. One might wonder if the 7" format is the right choice for this kind of music, and in the case of this release the answer is a definite yes. There are some particularly fascinating moments on these tracks, most notably the final passage of side one and the trembling, slowly speaking female voice on the flipside. The latter is unmistakably human and even sounds familiar in a way, but at the time it is of an highly unnatural, almost ghost-like character. The former is marked by a limited frequency range and a use of distortion which hint towards the aesthetics of gramophones or antique loudspeakers, without actually citing it, thus evoking a sense of nostalgia while keeping away from any obvious references. It's the sheer fact that the 7" formats emphasizes
the ephemeral nature of these passages that makes them even more precious - indeed, this release is a precious artifact throughout, exciting and unsettling in its beauty as well as in its exquisitely auratic appearance." [MSS / Vital Weekly]