Mike Hans STEFFL
I always appreciate the music of other electronic musicians;
it always pleases me to hear their creations and then draw inspiration from it.
Here Mike Hans STEFFL has produced
one of the most exciting and certainly most moody albums, with the release of
his latest work entitled Calaboose
The perfect prison was, and I imagine still is, a concept
that a judiciary system seeks to purvey to its populace, taking the criminals
out to a far flung region and leaving them there, almost like a nature version
of the French oubliette. Here the artists paints an interesting musical
juxtaposition of the then and now, incarceration and natures reclamation of
land over time.
This is a superb electronic music album, filled with mood,
thoughtful textures and exciting symbioses, from the ever so mournful opening
piece entitled Makronisos, a track
with a heartfelt refrain and a deep moving arrangement to pieces like Asinara, the longest piece on the
release, and is a dark pervading tones of a mysterious and introspective
nature. Mike Hans STEFFL produces a
crafted intelligence on synths and keyboards that offers up a duality for us to
explore through his music.
This wonderful 7 track collection of shadowy works is a
sublime collection of electronic genius, the artist even raises the energy and
rhythms on tracks like Con Dao,
which then swirls into incredible levels of musical uncertainty, this is truly
quality material, if you are a fan of artists like Thom Brennan or Steve Roach,
then you are going to adore this great album.
There is nothing to dislike on Calaboose Islands, it’s an electronic music fans Narnia, and while the long form opus of Pianosa drifts on the four winds of
yesteryear, the ever inexplicable and deeply perplexing halls of Alcatraz conclude our custodial voyage,
with a vibrant powerful and imposing slice of electronic wizardry.
Calaboose Islands by Mike Hans STEFFL is a fine example of top quality electronic music,
the keyboard and synth skills are sublime, the creativity and artistry doubly
so, the musician also has a wonderfully pronounced imaginative flair, thus
opening up the genre of electronic music with a berlin style, to become more
accessible to all. Calaboose Islands by Mike
Hans STEFFL has been one of the most enjoyable electronic music albums I
have listened to this year; I see big things on the charts for this most
profound of albums.