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RM74 "Two Angles of a Triangle"
Just like the light shines brighter in the darkness, contrasts are there to remind us of the existence of the other side. And to look inward is possibly the best way to be able to tell more about the true self. Sometimes it's the only way to confront what lies deep under the skin, to be able to share it with the world outside in pure awareness. Two Angles of a Triangle is profound and introspective, yet it tells you hundreds of secrets, feelings and ideas of its creator in a highly confidential way. It whispers you his most personal stories without exposing their mystery, haunts you and stays with
you like an afterimage or a dream only remembered when the right time comes.
You close your eyes and its light is still there, inspiring you to widen your attention span. Not just the sound abides, but also the smell, the taste and even the feeling of it. The album captures you in a way made only possible by someone patient who takes his time to look inside him, find and reach his hidden caves and work them to invite you in. And it needs your patience, your 73 minutes. Don't be afraid of losing your breath down there; there is enough space, time and silence to create your own stories, your third angle, which you might overlook because of the tension between the other two. As the track titles and the music suggest this missed angle might be a dream, a nightmare, a ritual, a memory, a wish or your whole life. How Reto Mäder musically builds his triangle is similar to a folk music without genre typical folk arrangements. His perspective of music is so deeply rooted in the human soul it's easy to forget how detailed and complex he shapes his sound material. Slowly bass guitar figures played in open circles and time are recorded with all the mechanical details of its strokes, atmospheric piano and synths build emotional highs and lows, electronics are treated like an organic instrument, percussions as its own ritualistic rhythm, a metallic vibrating kalimba, a howling theremin, nostalgic music box melodies, the scraping sound of a chalk on slate, oscillated radio frequencies, lost and found tape voices, cracking of tree branches. As they all melt into a melancholic storytelling, it's a blessing to forget you're listening to a record. The place „Betwixt“, where RM74 aims, is way beyond that and Two Angles of a Triangle is his greatest step on the way to that place. Mäder is a singer/songwriter without words in the never-ending search for his third angle.
(Seda Niğbolu)
           
CD1 (Angle One):
01: Betwixt
02: Spineless
03: Between and Forever
04: Orka's Dream
05: A Shimmer Of Bronce
06: May 30, 2012
07: Bees And Ghosts
            
CD2 (Angle Two):
08: Anthem For A Windmill
09: Fen Fire
10: Because Of The Slow Shutter Speed
11: Samsa
12: We Run In Vicious Circles
13: Laid Open
14: Show Me The Shadow Of The Sun

All songs written and performed by Reto Mäder. Recorded 2011/2012 in Milwaukee, USA and Bern, Switzerland. Mixed and mastered by Reto Mäder at Hinterzimmer, Bern.
Artwork by Thomas Hooper. Liner notes by Seda Niğbolu. Videos by Sera Timms. Design by Keith Utech. All rights by Utech Records & RM74. URCD076. 2 x CD. 2013

 
     
 

 

 

 

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