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Palace

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Michael Mueller
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Michael Mueller Such deep, twitchy intensity here. This is like an early Pink Floyd jam, fed through the dark ambient genre heightened by modern production values.

Nocturnal, menacing, understated space-rock (without the rock) of the first order.

Standout feature: the bass guitar sound. Like clipped, boxed, deepened Neil Young; strings are plucked hard, Roger Waters-style.

And over it, swirls of percussive, keyboard-driven texture. Even at 80 minutes, this does not tire.

The best B/B/S/ release so far.

Favorite track: Linber.
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architect It's Aidan Baker and Andrea Belfi with Erik Skodvin (Deaf Center)! Favorite track: Linber.
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Dotflac I see Palace like the maze where a man like Valerio Tricoli would get lost in.

An architecture based on the schizophrenic mind of his owner, whose bleak and impenetrable thoughts reflect in the corridors barely lighted by flickering bulbs, where the ubiquitous improvisation translates into a frenetic race between endlessly mirrored rooms.

Yet nothing seems to be out of its rightful place, for the madman is never insane to his own eyes. Favorite track: Butcher Note.
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1.
Cosmow 06:26
2.
Butcher Note 09:12
3.
Navel Oil 06:57
4.
Linber 04:28
5.
LA Mom 11:57
6.
Solo 04:07
7.
Ape Rug 09:25
8.
Hogan Pence 09:31
9.
Harm Bug 05:10
10.
Combuh 12:22

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One of the most amazing things about the group B/B/S/ is that even though it does sound like the logical sum of its parts, listening to their output is like devoting yourself to an emotional haze of interaction. All based on improvisations recorded within two sessions at Golden Retriever Studios in Berlin, the ten new tracks, spanning almost 80 minutes total, are so fluid and natural that they abandon separating the musicians' individual contribution for a soundscape that is overwhelming in the best possible way. However, the place B/B/S/ puts you in is not a gleaming one: It could be imagined as an empty room with just a chair to sit on to be surrounded and pervaded by flickering guitars, effects and drums – a scenery that is as murky as it is gripping and best digested without further distraction.

Making you feel comfortable might not be their main intention but Aidan Baker, Andrea Belfi and Erik Skodvin know all the tricks to turn this into an exciting atmospheric experience with plenty of vigour and hope shining through the duskiness. Their second album for Miasmah masters in tension that is building up like a blueprint, maybe starting in one room but revealing many doors, corridors and passages to explore. There are no dead ends in their Palace: It’s a dark territory and sparse in light but each turn is a success and each glance a revelation.

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released June 10, 2016

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B/B/S/ Berlin, Germany

Formed in 2012 in Berlin, Germany, B/B/S/ is the improvisational trio of Aidan Baker (CA – Nadja, Whisper Room, ARC),Andrea Belfi (IT – David Grubbs, Hobocombo, Il Sogno del Marinaio), and Erik Skodvin (NO – Svarte Greiner, Deaf Center).

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