Published Feb 08, 2017Under the name Vermont, Danilo Plessow (aka Motor City Drum Ensemble) and Marcus Worgull (aka Innervisions) come off more like a longstanding duo than a new collaboration. Their underappreciated 2014 self-titled debut crafted a merger of sounds and sensibilities that strayed from the duo's respective dance-floor friendly techno, and on their followup, Vermont II, Plessow and Worgull stray further from their individual personalities, providing 13 new tracks that rely heavily on their communal influences.
Tracks like opener "Norderney" (featuring Kaap on muted guitar), the yacht-electronic viber "Ufer" and the Krautrock-indebted closer "Unruh" aren't wildly dissimilar in sound and feel, as Vermont keep things sonically tempered and reined in. But what makes Vermont II such a rewarding listen is how the subtle instrumentation and unique rhythms buried within songs like "Hallo Von Der Anderen Seite," "Chanang" and "Chemtrails" reveal themselves upon repeated listens.
On Vermont II, Plessow and Worgull have crafted an experimental piece founded upon its creators' departure from their respective comfort zones. (Kompakt)