Death Blues
Questionnaire II

Daniel Bachman
Blevin Blectum
Ulises Conti
Ian William Craig
Dakota Suite & Sirjacq
Death Blues
Yair Etziony
Imagho & Mocke
Kassel Jaeger
John Kannenberg
Martin Kay
Kontakt der Jünglinge
Akira Kosemura
Land Observations
Klara Lewis
Oliver Lieb
Nikkfurie of La Caution
Pitre and Allen
Michael Robinson
Slow Dancing Society
Tender Games
Tirey / Weathers
Tokyo Prose
The Void Of Expansion
wild Up
Yodok III
Russ Young

Compilations / Mixes
Dessous Sum. Grooves 2
Silence Was Warm Vol. 5
Under The Influence Vol. 4

EPs / Cassettes / Mini-Albums / Singles
Belle Arché Lou
Blind EP3
Blocks and Escher
Sunny Graves
Paradox & Nucleus
Pye Corner Audio
Sawa & Kondo
Toys in The Well
Marshall Watson

Oliver Lieb: Inside Voices
Psychonavigation Records

Saying that Frankfurt-based electronic producer Oliver Lieb brings an impressive personal history to Inside Voices is a rather huge understatement: a producer since the early ‘90s, he's had a hand in upwards of 300 singles, EPs, albums, and remixes (for artists such as Moby, Human League, Yello, and Faithless) and released what many consider to be classics in the ambient-electronic genre, namely Constellation (Recycle Or Die) and, with Dr. Atmo, Music To Films (Fax+49-69/450464). Citing Kraftwerk, Yello, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Pink Floyd as influences, Lieb has issued music on labels such as Harthouse, Superstition, Platipus, and Bedrock and released material under the aliases L.S.G., Paragliders, S.O.L., and The Ambush as well as his birth name. The ever-productive producer is still readying new releases, including a forthcoming compilation on Solieb Digital to mark a quarter-century of work in the industry.

Inside Voices won't disappoint admirers of those aforementioned classic albums, as its seventy-three minutes can be heard as a natural extension of their style. Though presented as eight distinct tracks, the album unfolds continuously, with each setting flowing into the next without pause. In accordance with the time-honoured ambient tradition, chilly winds blow across ultra-sleek surfaces, gaseous emissions and droplets punctuate reverberant atmospheres with their presence, and pulsations surface intermittently to propel the material forward with subtle animation. There's an icy character to the content that suggests the album would sound as much at home on Glacial Movements as Psychonavigation.

The longest part, “Spooky Action at a Distance,” differentiates itself from the others by adding muted horn-like bluster and chiming, electric guitar-like textures to its ominous sound mix, while “Self-Aware Universe” does much the same in undergirding its brooding synth flourishes with a lulling see-saw pattern. By the time we reach the penultimate piece, “Inside Voices pt.1,” the impression formed is that of a journey that's advanced rather surreptitiously to a deeper and darker level of experience. Generally speaking, the album develops in natural and patient manner, Lieb confidently helming the controls and dictating the directions taken. If there's nothing terribly groundbreaking about the material, there's also no doubting the artfulness with which it's been crafted and executed.

August-September 2014