Bavaria-born, Berlin-bred Recondite (a.k.a Lorenz Brunner) has been paving the way of modern minimal music, and his most recent album Iffy is no exception. With this being his third groundbreaking LP release in the past three years, Brunner continues to blow the rest out of the water in both compositional and performative crafts. Therefore, yesterday’s delightful news that he’s had been awarded first place in Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Live Acts of 2014 came as no big surprise.
As we initially discovered in our review of Iffy, each track works on an individual level, as well as creating a cohesive whole. However, we still wanted to delve further into how the tracks came about, and what they meant to the music-maker himself. We were able to steal a few moments with Brunner, to talk us through Iffy chronologically, and to see exactly what forms Recondite’s authentic, award-winning sound which the electronic music world has gone wild for.
For me, ‘Baro’ is the perfect track to start with since it builds up very slowly, and then quite quickly uncovers a broad spectrum of frequencies. It makes for a really chilled opening, though, at the same time, without too much ‘technical sound’ or content. Rhythmically the track also stays quite reserved and leaves you wanting more.
This track was the main reason why I decided to put another album together. It is very atmospheric. On the one hand, it’s soft as silk, but on the other hand, it is reserved, with some more energetic sections. It has a totally refreshing feel, although you can also discover hints of nostalgia and longing. This is one of the tracks that I would most likely label as a classic off the album.
‘Tame’ is easily the most similar to many of the tracks from my first album, On Acid. The beat structure is very minimal. The 303 bass is prominent and clear. The tempo is considerably reduced which directs the main focus towards the small, percussive elements.
‘Garbo’ comes to a really unexpected and emotional climax. From the start, the beat structure is fuller and more direct. However, the supporting melody in the break gives the track a powerful, melancholic mood. The meditative nature of the break combines very well with the melody.
By far the darkest track on the album. A straight, classic techno beat, supported by larger intervals and recurring waves of bass, created using a semi-industrial synthesizer that screams big club beat without sounding too heavy or laboured.
In my opinion, ‘Duolo’ comes closest to the uncertain and undecided mood of the cover and album’s title. The attempt to seem intimidating at first – but then the escape to a certain understated, mellow harmony is very clear here. These attributes also pertain to the album as a whole. The uncertain direction it takes means that the track is catchy, yet somewhat awkward. It’s open to interpretation and it’s honest, in a personal way.
This is the last track to be added to Iffy. We decided just before the deadline to run with it because it fits into the Innvervisions vibe. It was inspired by a gig that I played that was not particularly well received; I felt misunderstood. Afterwards, I realised that there are definitely situations and experiences in life when it is important to react positively to disappointments, and to not stumble. My response was ‘Konter’, which I think is a really euphoric track. It encapsulates 100% the mood that I felt at that gig. I encountered very little empathy from the crowd and I wanted to share how it made me feel.
‘Steady’ is one of the oldest tracks on the album. I’ve had it from the start because it fits in nicely with the rest of the album. It is calm, atmospheric, clear, elegant, beautiful and has a different beat structure from the rest.
‘Glint’ is my personal favourite track off the LP because, over and over again, I felt a lot of emotion in the track when I was listening to it. It also has a similar emotional effect on people who hear it and it can occasionally move you to tears. This song encapsulates the feelings and emotions that I have already mentioned, of longing and nostalgia.
I could not think of a better ending to the LP than this slick, rounded track with its soft beat and melody. The track feels so smooth and in my opinion gives the listener the soothing feeling of getting back home to safety and comfort after a long time away.
Iffy LP is out now on Innervisions. It’s available to buy from Beatport. Recondite comes to London this Christmas to play Fabric (20th Dec, for full information check the official event page). A big thank you to Jamie Stocks for the translation.