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Old 10-23-2020, 04:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Post C418 - zweitonegoismus (2009)

Okay, where do I even start? First of all, this is one of the most experimental C418 albums I've ever heard. Second of all, this album is a decade old and I refuse to believe that. Okay, okay, let me just get my bearings together. I need a reason to tell you why this album is good, so here's a little bit of information on the album:

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Artist: C418 (Daniel Rosenfeld)
Title: zweitonegoismus
Genre: IDM, experimental, ambient, minimal house
Rating: 8/10
Now, time for the review.

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C418's zweitonegoismus consists of very minimal and somewhat gloomy tunes. Every single song is a perfect mix between melancholy and upbeat. It's actually quite hard to explain. And we see a lot of that perfect mix in the first track, "zweiton". Zweiton is the opening track to zweitonegoismus and leads us into the second track, "egoismus". The thing I like about the opening track is that for a track made in 2009, it sounds like something you would hear in 2012, 3 years later. And that kinda goes for all of the tracks. Like I said, the album is super experimental and according to C418 himself, it was made while he was still working at a factory making dialysis machines, which is probably why most of the tracks sound super mundane but at the same time varied.

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The second track of the album, "egoismus", is a minimal house styled tune with distorted tones and synths and short, punchy drums. Egoismus (in my opinion) is the only track on the album that really sounds like it would've been made in 2009. Especially with the hall ambience at the very beginning of the song where it picks up from where "zweiton" ends. Egoismus is a very varied yet simple track and I really like it for it's minimalism.

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The fourth track, "kopfmusik", is where that experimentality and minimalism really starts to show. At first, you are greeted with a mellow set of chords played with a synthesizer which is later interrupted abruptly by an alarm clock beeping before the mood completely changes to a dark, grungy tune with what seems to be the ambience of a bus or train of some sort.

Later on in the track, the music suddenly stops and once again, completely changes the mood to a happy, upbeat synth tune with the ambience of a man walking down a street this time.

Later on, the music once again suddenly stops and you guessed it, changes the mood again. This time it's a funky beat with 808 drums and filtered synthesizers which together creates a work tune. Something you could do work to. The music keeps going and later on bring in subtle little plucks that are almost inaudible but you can still hear them.

Later on, the music once again stops and changes the mood again. This time it's a relieving little break. Like you've just finished work and you're walking home to watch tv and eat popcorn or something.

And that's what kopfmusik is. Kopfmusik is a whole set of seperate tunes that is supposed to embody a typical work day for C418. From waking up in the morning, to walking to work, doing work, and going back home. And in my opinion, I think kopfmusik is the most eclectic and experimental song in the entire album. The way it changes vibes just like that is absolutely stunning to me. And I would love to see other artists do stuff like kopfmusik.

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The seventh track of the album, "phleps", is probably the most gloomy track of them all. At the beginning of phleps, we are greeted with a detuned guitar playing gloomy/depressing chords accompanied by sorrow waves of notes and tones and depressing vocals (by Sohnemann or smn) and low, droopy drums. Phleps is the most depressing and ruthlessly gloomy track in the entire album. It's also probably the most unique considering that all of the tracks in the album are mainly based around synths. But phleps is based around an acoustic guitar and vocals. A completely different set compared to the other tracks.

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So, that's my review of C418's "zweitonegoismus". If you're looking for a left turn in your music collection, I would definitely recommend this album. Especially if you need some gloomy tunes to cheer up your gloomy life. And to you who've heard this album when it was first released, I salute you.

You can get zweitonegoismus on C418's bandcamp page. (I can't submit the link since I'm a new member)
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