|Brandt Brauer Frick / Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble|
Mr. Machine Vinyl LP (2011)
Romance Angels Described as Kraftwerk in reverse, German three-piece the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble's second album, the ironically titled Mr. Machine, continues to push the boundaries of techno music on eight tracks inspired just as much by the minimalist classical works of Steve Reich as their Berlin hometown's dance scene. Suggesting that their organic acoustic sound is still very much a work in progress, four tracks from their 2010 debut, You Make Me Real, also appear here in remixed form. But despite the addition of a ten-piece orchestra, the changes are subtle rather than bombastic, simply removing the stuttering bleeps from the slow-building rhythmic jazz of "Bop," layering the jaunty bossa nova-tinged "You Make Me Real" with more percussion, and adding breezy horns to the timpani-led chamber pop of "Teufelsleiter." While these slightly tinkered new versions provide a certain warmth largely missing from the originals, fans of their inventive ...