Published Jul 08, 2015If you're wondering how much influence Markus Acher has over the sound of the Notwist and Lali Puna, you simply need to listen to his work as Rayon. Created as an avenue to record film soundtracks, Rayon seemingly channels the Notwist's warm and romantic elements along with Lali Puna's steely micro-house.
The first ten tracks on this LP, titled Il Collo e la Collana, serve as the score to the Italian film N-Capace, and find Acher utilizing electroacoustic structures to create brief but colourful compositions that seem to float, hang and pop.
The final seven tracks come off more like sketches than fully formed tracks, as Acher works off of singular tones, allowing skittering synth lines and beatless harmonies to mimic the experimental pacing of some of Lali Puna's more out-there compositions. At times feeling like a quixotic score and other times coming off a bit too incidental, Il Collo e la Collana nonetheless presents Acher as one of electropop's great restless souls. (Alien Transistor)