Ulrich Troyer Songs For William

Ulrich Troyer Songs For William
Here's some everything-but-the-kitchen-sink dub coming from a part of the world more noted for its clean, cold echoes. Troyer is part of the notorious Vegetable Orchestra, which play instruments carved from vegetables, and here he transfers his unorthodox DIY methods to a marginally more conventional setting. Utilizing analog synths, stomp boxes and assorted electric and acoustic instruments, he creates sudden blasts of noise stitched together into enjoyable and unpredictable downtempo excursions. "Eurocity To Munich" is surprisingly roots-y, despite its techno-baiting title. Its subtle percussion and chord changes make it rise above skeletal digi-dub. "At the Workshop" features a dampened guitar sound and vague melodica chords, evoking a grainy, photocopied Augustus Pablo rhythm. "Driving to Cologne," referring to another haven for synthetic sounds, at least starts to fulfil its more mechanical expectations, but Troyer still skanks right along in the driver's seat while tearing down the virtual autobahn. This is fun pawnshop dub. (Deep Medi)