Monday, April 19, 2010

Martin Herterich - Kyrie (for A Pärt)

There's a lot of genre labels associated with this stuff, but I just call it electronic or minimal electronic music. The reason I begin the post by drawing attention to genre here is that I really think this song is so good that it is one that could convert the unconverted. So if you don't like electronic music now, this may change your mind. 'Kyrie' was one of the best songs I heard last year. Martin Herterich released a great little EP on Under The Spire, and it really was one of the best things I heard in '09. If it had any fault, it was that you wished there was more. That being said, as an EP it doesn't cheat you, and getting an EP right is a difficult thing. One of Martin's powers is the raw emotion of his music; he can not only convey emotions but hit you with that same emotional punch that seems to be motivating the song. There are a lot of electronic musicians that have emotional weight to their music, but something about Martin...It's almost like there is emotional precision to his music. For instance, the album's opener is called " Staring Across An Empty Room", a title ripe with an emotional weight to the imagery behind it; but Martin's music is more than up to the task of matching the feeling behind said image. As for "Kyrie.."; how cinematic is this one? Bittersweet, yes; but lovely and haunting as well.

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