datashock @ OT301

24 March 2008

With Time Life, Crank Sturgeon and Nonhorse

Datashock is a ritualistic 'Neo-Hippie-Spook-Folk'-collective from Germany. There is no constant line-up, as the group is joined by new members every now and then.
Their music is defined almost entirely by psychedelic multidimensional live-improvisations stemming from 70ies Kraut-rock influenced by contemporary electronic music and psychotic dronescapes. As a result we find complex layers of sultry muffled vibrations met by heavy waves of electronic sound experiments and strangely disfigured images. Here and there reality-distorting bits of whispers and cut-up voices are woven into the texture of these alien patterns of sound. Every step here is like nervously stumbling through the swampy ground of a jungle. Here every look is like a secret glimpse at a hidden ghost-train world.
If, however, you would want to use other bands from past and present as a reference, names like Tangerine Dream or Sunburned might come to mind. Datashock's music has a similarly warm and organic feel to it. Labels like 'spooky Psychedelic-Post-Krautfolk' are at the same time graphic description as well as missing the point altogether.
During the band's four-year history one of the highlights has been this year's (2007) release of a live-collaboration picture-LP with Nadja, also known as Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff.
After several releases on floppy disk i(this is how the collective started to deep-freeze their sound-experiments in 2003), tape, CD-R and Vinyl, Datashock will be releasing an LP on Textile Records (France) in January 2008. Furthermore, an LP-release on the legendary label Qbico Records (Italy) is scheduled for spring 2008.

Founding member Pascal Hector is also running Meudiademorte Recs, known for releases of Noise- and Improv-music by artists such as Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Sunburned, Vanishing Voice and many others.
Ulf Schütte also plays in Aosuke, works as a solo-artist as Shivers and Diamond Lemonade and is running the Tape Tektoniks-label. Together with Pascal Hector he plays in Tavatare and with Marcel Türkowsky in Cones.
The collective's newest member is Marcel Türkowsky who besides his work as a solo artist is involved in Cones, UUHUU w/ Andrew Cvar (ex jackie o'motherfucker) , Wooden Veil, Leo Mars and Kinn.

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