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Lonquimay 08:38
Curarrehue 06:59


'Cla' is the third release of the duo 7697 Miles. We have Cristobal Rawlins on electronics, theremin, mix, and Dieter Mauson on electronics, guitar, and field recordings. I heard their debut release, 'Kiñe' (Vital Weekly 1137). Unlike many other collaborations, I believe the two musicians meet up, despite their distance (which I estimate to be 7697 miles, as one is in Chile and the other in Germany). That means there aren't many possibilities to record music. 7697 Miles plays electronic music, which I called 'armchair techno'. Maybe that's unfair, but the group has a fair amount of rhythm and sequencers working for them. The results aren't aimed (so I believe!) at the dance floor. The tempo of various tracks might be a bit too slow for that. But I am sitting back in my comfy chair, playing this spacious synthesizer music, tapping my finger along with the rhythm, thinking that this works very well for me. I discovered some old Porter Ricks influence in 'Cobquecura (downtown mix)'. Still, in the other tracks, the influences were less prominent, even when the tabla's in 'Orejas Andantes' sounded very much like Muslimgauze. All seven pieces have this lovely spacious chill-out character. Most of these pieces are lengthy, but these musicians handle that with great care. There is always enough variation within a track to remain attractive, yet it never breaks a piece's trance-like atmosphere. Throughout, the music sounds well-produced, and as such, it is perhaps a pity that it is confined to a cassette in an edition of fifty copies. A piece of vinyl pitched at the right audience would reach the number of people this music deserves.

Frans de Waard
(Vital Weekly


released March 4, 2022


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