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by Glenn Astarita
Since the late '90s, the European outfit known as Polwhechsel has brandished a strikingly unique sound campaign. Other than the dual-drummer percussionists' attack consisting of polytonal cymbals swashes and soft timbres, the music predominately emanates from the lower register schematic via double bassist Werner Daffeldecker and cellist Michael Moser's earthen-toned string implementations. Nonetheless, the quartet depicts a rather surreal paragon with subtle surprises, as an element of the unknown remains a constant throughout its repertoire. It's interesting how ...read more
by Nic Jones
The process of making music can sustain only so much discussion, and the essay that accompanies Archives Of The North more than adequately covers this abstract material. In any case, Polwechsel's sound world, as with any manifestation of experimental music, is better experienced than analysed.
One pertinent reference point is Morton Feldman's singularly reduced minimalism. All of the pieces here certainly echo Feldman's penchant for unconventional development, and the results, as on Michael Moser's Datum Cut" and the group's Magnetic ...read more
by Kurt Gottschalk
In a world based largely on solo and duo work and chance collaborations, Polwechsel and poire_z were supergroups. The quiet flutters of electronics and acoustic instruments can be hard enough to keep fresh and engaging for two performers, but often times larger groups just blur the whole creation--becoming more like a mud puddle than a cloud. If AMM are the forebears of the quiet improv scene (and they are), Polwechsel and poire_z were the proudest sons. By ...read more