Long before pop became a dirty word, music like this would have been capable of leading any edition of TOTP - as it is, only those who actively seek out their music are likely to encounter this astonishing LP. A long-term resident of Berlin's electronic-undercurrent, Miwon (aka Hendrik Kroz) was an initiator of the laptop battle, a stage which allowed him to bring his breed of electronica to thirsty Berlin audiences, whilst honing his ear on the sharpest of cuts... A policy which has paid dividends on 'Pale Glitter'; his debut LP. Opening through the opaque glow of 'Semafora', Miwon coaxes a fog of analogue business gingerly towards some chrome-plated beats, wherein they are left to happily rattle along amongst euphoric strings and twinkly-ness galore. Next up (on the cd edition only) is 'Brother Mole', a soft-centered electronic nursery-rhyme which will be familiar to many through its inclusion on Wetherall's Fabric mix, before the tense (yet eminently welcoming) 'Hush' slides into view through deep minimal beats and eulogistic soundscape washes. Elsewhere, 'No Need For Sanity' is a springtime blush of pretty acoustica, 'Vertizontale' is a gumbo of old school house and campfire guitar, whilst the title track possesses a very real sense of shrouded menace, like a classic Chain Reaction twelve. Heartwarming loveliness.
The title-track, all dense-synth lines and relentless 4/4 beats, had me on first listen, and I could only hope the rest of Miwon’s debut was similarly spectacular. What "Pale Glitter" suggests is that underground clubs beneath the glowing downtown of Berlin must all be spinning this record. Its mood wavers between celebratory and ominous but remains propulsive, even when drenched in ambient flourishes ("Semafora") or shaken by industrial noise ("Flakes"). Even the few cuts that lack a dancefloor beat are ideal for the night: "When Angels Travel" is when whatever medicine you’re taking that night turns on you, leaving you unable to find your friends, or lost in a back-alley you don’t recall walking toward, while "Rain or Shine" is that peaceful, forgotten walk home. A multifaceted dance record, "Pale Glitter" is a promising debut that never dulls or loses focus.
(The Skeleton Crew Quarterly)
Herr K makes tunes that shine and sparkle like Christmas decorations on a midnight iceberg. This is electronic pop so good that you don’t want to share it with anyone, but it’s worth it just to see the looks on people’s faces when you press Play. A good friend ("in the darkness"). (George Bass)
released January 23, 2006
Released on City Centre Offices
Mastered by Loop-O at Dubplates & Mastering
Published by Autopilot