Thursday, December 17, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Pleasurekraft - Tarantula

For this week's installment of my TBT series, it is my pleasure to re-introduce the world to one of the most carefully produced, creepiest, sneakiest, cleverly crafted, bouncy, epic, creative minimal-masterpieces I've ever heard, the absolute atmospheric game changer from Pleasurekraft, "Tarantula."
This is the exact youtube video that my friends and I had on repeat one summer half a decade ago. I was home for the summer while the majority of my friends stayed at our school house and this disconnection was magnified by this track. I remember seeing it posted to one of my friend's walls with a caption lauding it as "that track" they had all gone crazy for. I quickly hit the play button, but for some reason (probably my immaturity) I skipped through it looking for what they found so amazing about the track. The reality with this track, and many others, is that you have to listen to it in its entirely and soak in all of its progressive glory. It took me a few full listens, after going back to school for a weekend, for me to really appreciate it's masterful creation.
It is minimal at it's best, each loop is added and subtracted with a specific goal in mind; whether it be the clicking and ringing percussion, bouncy bassline, the atmospheric waves or the dissonant vocalizations. When all the facets come together there is no stopping the euphoria created by the brilliant blending of sounds. Without out a doubt my favourite section begins when the track breaks down leaving you to think that the track has ended without much of a climax, its really just a fake out which paves the way for the arrival of the new vocal loop. The loop grows in magnitude and while slowly adding the individual pieces back in hits a wall of silence, the bass drops and all the sounds come together in a firestorm of insanity. The image of people shuffling in the back of the club is always front and center in my mind as the magic of Pleasurekraft's creation envelopes my consciousness. My friends and I at once became maniacs for the minimalist movement, gobbling up whatever we could get our hands on, of which two other Pleasurekraft tracks became part of our go to repertoire. Their remix of Jean Claude Ades "Vallee De Larmes" (above) and Sander Kleinenberg "R.Y.A.N.L." (below). SUPPORT: FACEBOOK SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER