Reject and Fade label founder Michael Hann takes up his Marreck guise for the Yuda EP on Alien Jams, which is his most percussive and distressed release to date. Before unevenly progressing down a deranged rabbit hole, opening track “Uco” washes the listener in a hazy pulse of low end bass flanked by shimmering melodies, while the hypnotic drums of “Bagun” beat down on a sonic terrain that’s later set adrift in a wash of static. Eddies of corrupted frequencies and arterial synth lines flow freely on tracks “Prakoso” and “Eka”, leaving tribal mechanics, distortion and wailing harmonies on the closing track “Rama” to invite the listener to begin the journey afresh, once again.
This is beyond all unreasonable doubt one of the best albums I ever listened to. As a painter who needs the right music to be able to work - I often prefer silence - Nachtstuecke is the kind of surrounding that is present without ever demanding attention. It works like a kind of carrier wave. I am very impressed and the next album I will add is Stephan Mathieu's 'Before Nostromo'.