Ott – Mir (Self Released)

Posted in Reviews 2011 by - March 16, 2011
Ott – Mir (Self Released)

Delicious. Here’s a new album from the man who single-handedly did something with one hand to chilled psychedelia in 2003 with Blumenkraft, giving everyone something to dance to that wasn’t 145bpm a good five years before the onslaught of f*ing minimal.

What’s perhaps most significant about this is that Ott is the largest “old skool” psytrance bod to make the transition from the classic artist-label model to the New World One-Click Order. There’s no Twisted records in the equation here; no self-released monkier either. CD’s are available soon, but the real story is the worldwide multif0rmat $10 digital download via Bandcamp.

Let’s be clear — this scene and its players were slow to catch on. Bandcamp itself has been around in one shape or another for seven years, and other options for similar things existed. The trouble has been that an artist still needs to have some sort of marketing channel to conduit between themselves and their fans; and where this was once a record label, and was then a hired street team,  Facebook and Twitter have largely meant that artists can do all their promotion too.

You’ll almost want to fork out for this album to reward such a great way of thinking about current music. You might want to open Simon Posford’s rant about the Shpongle album leak in a new tab while you do so — it’s interesting context.

At the time of writing this review, over 1200 people Like the album via their Facebook login. If half those pony up $10 for the album, that’s got to mean the largest-grossing psychedelic album in the last four and half years.

The music itself? Gorgeous. From the opening floaties of One Day I Wish To Have This Kind Of Time, you know you’re on to a winner. Ott is once again flirting with the Alan Watts sample bank, but doing so in a new way — there’s maturity, reflection and tenderness here which strike me as three things missing from the disappointing Skylon.

One of the most chacracteristic elements of Mir is the introduction of new sounds and styles, and the way they so effortlessly sit with  Ott’s existing vibe. Dubstep makes its prescence felt, but in a graceful and playful way. It’s there perhaps most prominently in Adrift in Hilbert Space but with Owl Stretching Time we’re back in more traditional Ott territory: attractive, busy midtempo dub-tinged dance music that’s impossible to sit still to.

There’s also a breaksy influence in Mouse Eating Cheese, which sounds at times like the geared warp-factor energy that Shpongle have been aspiring to.  Meanwhile, A Nice Little Place is a warm and exceptionally-well produced bit of gaseous awesomeness that slides in neatly with the noodly “proper” ambient I’ve found myself listening to since I became too cultured to stare a UV-reactive piece of mushroom decor in the face.

There’s even a vague equivalent of Blumenkraft‘s closing track Smoked Glass And Chrome in the shape of The Aubergine Of The Sun. The former was amazing until you heard it played everywhere, then it became horrible, then it became amazing again. The latter has only just been released, but I forsee a similar life cycle.

I’m dead impressed with Mir both in raw musical terms, and in how the artist has gone about releasing it.  Not everyone will buy it — the album is already available “in the usual places” as people say when they’re referring to Rapidshare.

What I think is more important is that as an audience, we’re able to choose whether to nick the album or to purchase it, to say to the artist “yes mate, I enjoyed this, here’s a micropayment that’s a couple of beers out the back of my weekend pocket that will combine with other people’s back pocket beers to hopefully encourage you do get back in the studio and do all this again”.

 

Or grab Ott – Mir :  $10 in FLAC — direct from the artist at Bandcamp.

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