NNO | TAPE | 2018
"...newcomer Phil Struck returns with his third album after a pair of arresting releases on LL.M. and Quiet Time. Hitting the streets tomorrow via Ana Ott, the otherworldly ‘NNO‘ further confirms the unparalleled power of immersion and enrapturing beauty of the German producer’s sound as it runs the gamut between slo-mo electronic laments, left-of-centre tape loops and multi-textured soundscaping. Reminiscent of Benoît Pioulard’s heart-rending music, it ushers its listener in a world of brittle nostalgia, traversing a wide-spanning range of moods and nuances with the most delicate of touch. Vibrant and sorrowful, its subtle interplays of light and shade tell a tale of nascent spring, each piano note piercing through the frozen surface of a snow-capped meadow and reverberating warmly to reveal its sleepy verdant sloughing. Another haunting gem from a name to remember." – INVERTED AUDIO
QTT5 | TAPE | 2017
"...a steeply acousmatic session of grayscale tones and organic electronics that feels like the results of Basic House on a febrile bender with Helm in Wanda Group’s basement, which just happens to have a secret hatch into Henry Spencer’s apartment. Found in a half light between lo-fi, small sound scrabble and ambient queasy listening, QTT5 unfolds in eight parts along the reel’s ∞ axes, dragging the listener across the tape head from the reclaimed mechanical ambience of 24, to zoom in on Black To Comm-alike sci-fi dankness in Telescope and document some arcane game involving rusty pipes and seagulls in CCLT, before bathing in puddled new age tones with Untitled. 'Rosegate' opens the B-side at a more abstract angle with piercing string glissandi, waterlogged chords and spasming electronics like something that escaped from Actress’ studio late at night, before the beautiful, mirage like Amber hovers into view like a Huerco S. vision, dissipating into the noxious atmospheric swamplands of Delta and the bittersweet harmonic resolution of 'Oaoa' at its perimeter." – BOOMKAT
Includes zine and 2 cassette copies; one for you, one for a friend.
KLINT | TAPE | 2017
"Klint will have you feeling like slipping through the cracks down into micro-organic territories. Said to have been sampled from “odd sources” you can easily imagine Struck pulling out his microphones to record watery sounds from a river on ‘Errors‘, weird electronic bleeps from telephonic interference, all kinds of distortions and static-filled effects, and other improvised drums made out of objects from the everyday life – ‘Klint‘, ‘Torn‘, ‘Snake‘. It’s also what confers its genuine uniqueness to his subtly-arranged concert of the common: these troublingly ordinary sound bits suddenly brought to harmonic elevation, eventually composing a balance as they progressively blow away the fully discordant nature of their uncooked essence. He ennobles the trivial and honors the silence. [...] ...but there’s a much more vibrant and fluid quality to these mind-expanding pieces." – INVERTED AUDIORecorded, more or less spontaneously, between June and December 2016 at home. Based on sampling from odd sound sources, random data streams and the usage of microphones and various synthesizers.