In eleven imagined worlds, from the portentous to the celebratory, Erik Wøllo and Bernhard Wöstheinrich allow us to feel the peculiar pull of their journey of invention. Their second studio team-up, Weltenuhr (63'13") almost defies categorization (we cannot really even fully call it an instrumental album). Listeners will find hidden depths once they have tuned into its quieter frequencies. From a beautiful nowhere, and on up to its gleaming harmonic cathedrals, this album demands attention. A sophisticated work, that repeatedly meets our expectations of sonic perfection, Wøllo & Wöstheinrich provide a range of listening experiences. Weltenuhr's lulling contemplative zones are deep and elegant. Long held synthetic chords mingle with breathing guitar textures, as a benign female voice narrates a memory of existence. The atmosphere lightens with building patterns and rhythms, rapidly running alongside grainy washes of notes. The occasional melodic hook gladly accents luxurious layers of rushing sonic formations, racing to keep up with the pattering of exotic grooves. The energy level tops out with hot looping beats powering cool upper register structures. What is out there beyond the rules? In citing its expansive musical vision and the inventive interplay of sounds, tones and textures, Weltenuhr reminds us of why we love collaborations - and how this endeavor can push boundaries and break open traditions.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 25 June 2015