Consumed In Key — Plastikman & Chilly Gonzales
The motto of minimalism is “less is more”: a radical restriction of expressive means generates a more interesting result.
A classic example of minimalism in electronic music is the ascetic electronic shamanism of Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman. He's one of the founders of minimal techno, and his 1998 album Consumed is a genre-defining classic.
It was all the more unexpected to encounter its jazz reinterpretation.
It might seem sacrilegious to add details to an icon of minimalism, but the result of the experiment resonated with me so much that it has become one of my most listened-to albums in the past six months.
The restrained yet expressive jazz piano lent a completely new hue to the barren electronic landscape.
Gentle and slightly naive in their seemingly simple jazz standards atop the dark, hypnotic foundation of heavy bass drums and acidic layers of synth pads, they combine like refined lyrical iamb with the image of a grim and introverted poet, tightly buttoned up in black clothes.
Despite the stark contrast, the conflict of these elements creates a new balance. Harmonizing in their minimalism, they evoke a sense of introverted dreaminess, a pure and sincere aspiration for beauty.
Considering that in recent years I've moved away from most radical forms of minimalism, and classic Plastikman seems a bit dry to me, I find this album very cohesive and profound. I hope you'll enjoy it too.
Genres: Techno, Jazz
Tags: Minimalism, Jazz