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by Byetone

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Topas 06:11
Neuschnee 07:06
Opal 06:58
Helix 05:05
Black Peace 07:40
Golden Elegy 06:10


Byetone's new record »Symeta« opens with a combined track - a transit - since »Topas« and »T-E-L-E-G-R-A-M-M« could be seen as one single piece. Both tracks convey the atmosphere of a live session rather than the character of a studio production. The tracks are quite long and deal with repetition, layers of sounds, density and energy, more than melodic and engineering finesse. The whole album follows this approach, as it was fashioned within the context of live performances during the last two years.

»Neuschnee« – the third track – has an obviously reduced tempo, creating a wide landscape of sound with an intimate aura, which works as a counter draft to the other tracks of the record. With »Opal«, the tempo speeds up again, a polyrhythmic phrase whirls around a straight beat, filters are turned, all that evokes the impression of early-90s minimal techno. Byetone is basically interested in remembering, in a way to preserve, in citing rock/pop styles, without getting stuck in the past, whereas non of the tracks really fit into a specific genre.

Seen from this perspective, »Helix« opens the final, more rocky block of the album. Here, the tracks are offensive and rude and sound like a band in a rehearsal room. This part peaks with »Black Peace« in a high speed heavy metal session. Finally, »Golden Elegy« closes »Symeta« and a band-like situation occurs. The track ends with a weird lament, presented by Jan Kummer in the tenor of Chemnitz, hometown of both artists. In former GDR times, they started their musical activity with the ingenious dilettantes of AG Geige, together with Frank Bretschneider (Komet).

»Symeta«, the title of the album, appears mysterious. This synthetic word arouses associations with symmetry, synthesis or (meta-)structures. It doesn‘t stand for a definite object, there isn‘t any solution, and that is the reason why the title has been chosen. Byetone‘s music tries to create such associations without really fulfilling these expectations. In this sense, »Symeta« consequently follows »Death of a Typographer« (r-n092), the well received predecessor.


released October 31, 2011

All music by Olaf Bender; voice, lyrics of »Golden Elegy« by Jan Kummer; published by Edition Raster-Noton; mastered by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering. © 2011 raster – artistic platform, all rights reserved.


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