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Entskidooformat: LP+7" | catalogue: Emm LP 05 | year: 2002
"Entskidoo" is the fourth solo album of the Cologne-based guitarist, producer and label owner (Gefriem) Joseph Suchy, an album which will no doubt soon be regarded as his "magnum opus". Whereas his first two releases over the past couple of years were devoted to specific variations of his way of handling sound - be it conceptual in nature (Whatness), embodying shimmering layers of sound at the interface between analogue and electronic music (Tonschacht) or vertiginous freenoise (Grob) ? this album is the first to uniquely synthesize the polyphrenicity of his particular musical spectrum.
Suchys' ability to transcend borders is manifested in his numerous diverse collaborations, be they with Kato Hideki, Kevin Drumm and Jean-Marc Montera or Jan St.Werner, F.X.Randomiz and Ekkehard Ehlers. The fact that "Entskidoo" evokes at times a putative orchestra from everyone involved, is more to do with Joseph Suchy's use of the whole gamut of his know-how as producer and studio musician, both technically and compositionally, as well as his creation of a brilliantly resonant network of playing styles and overlaps. The result is something resembling a rhizomatous adaptation of an imaginary archive of "avant garde" music, be it electronic music, musique concrète, improvised music or noise.
One is only seemingly enticed down the well-trodden path by the wealth of allusions, before ultimately succumbing to the sound labyrinth of unexpected sequences, tonal palimpsests and non-linear crossovers; and yet one cannot escape the conclusion that there are simply more ideas here per track than on many "experimental" albums. "Entskidoo" ought to delight fans of both Kaffee Matthews and Jim O'Rourke alike. And for those individuals who are not only at home with Fennesz's guitar sound but also with Loren Mazzane-Connors, or those who are fascinated by the analogies between, say, Oval and AMM, well, this album ought to be like a dream come true.
A first masterpiece of the new decade, which all too clearly consigns the 90s and its conventions to history, is released on Frank Dommert's Entenpfuhl label (also of Sonig and Sieben labels) in CD, LP + 7" formats (the latter/track #9 on the CD together with Yvonne Cornelius aka Niobe and Tim Elzer aka Don't Dolby).