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DICTAPHONE
Vertigo II

TOWERBLOCK032
City Centre Offices 2006
14 Tracks. 41mins52secs

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Dictaphone is a duo comprising Oliver Doerell and Roger Döring. The sleeve informs us that instruments and arrangements are credited to both, saxophones and clarinets to Döring exclusively. Oddly, the latter acknowledgement is something of a relief. Let me explain, though I doubt I’ll be able to justify what probably ultimately amounts to something of a prejudice.

Although I could probably have been fooled very easily, the prospect of another electronica record anonymously sampling another jazz record was a dismaying prospect. It’s impossible to know a priori, but it does seem that the integration between electronic and acoustic instruments is subtler than the normal laptop modus operandi, and as I said earlier this could just be prejudice. While I’m at it, I’ll air another reservation borne out by the quality of this release, namely the greater depth achieved by collaboration than that of a solo artist. This, I’ll acknowledge, isn’t something that always obtains, but I do believe that the potential to reach deeper is greater when people work together than alone.

First impressions of Vertigo II are borne out on further listening. The music is a detailed melding of electronic and acoustic elements. What first draws the attention and succeeds in holding it thereafter are the woodwind lines and shadings. Second track Night Rain in particular, appears to draw a warm, involving breath out of the instrument. It’s a (repeated) moment of abstracted feeling that is expressed as a delicate sense of mourning. There’s a hint, a memory, of Philip Glass’s Islands in there as well. All the while, the pitter-patter of beats, the abstracted swish of rain-washed streets and murmur of German voices. The clarinet on K1 imparts an unexpected Jewish ambience. Jarszewko tunes into juddering foreign voices and marries them to crackle and stutter and lowering strings. It’s all over in a minute and a third. And so Vertigo II progresses to its close, a delicate, exquisite work.

Colin Buttimer

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TRACKLIST

Rising Minimal
Night Rain
K 1
K 2
Jarszewko
The Last Song
Ytinav
Vertigo II
The Frame (1-94-1)
Dictaphone II
Le Chasseur (Danke)
Pol / Bruxelles

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