This album has many things in common with the collaboration between Harold Nono and Hidekazu Wakabayashi that I reviewed earlier on: both discs were released on the same label, started in the same way through file exchanging, and both have Harold Nono in them. This is the second full-lenght from Taub, a duo formed by Me Raabenstein and the aforementioned Mr. Nono.
The album presents seven atmospheric and curiously experimental tracks that mix together dense electronic and organic sounds and instruments. It begins with the quite minimalistic "Slow Dance" and it's deep and twisted electronic rhythms, and it already tells you a lot about the album: the soundscape is really fleshy and professional, and that the listening experience will be demanding - at least if you really want to focus on the album.
The songs usually have a pretty simplistic spine of peaceful melodies and rhythms that push the track forward, and they're rather faithful to their ways and patterns as well. What makes the album interesting is that they're topped with some more experimental solutions, such as simple but twisted and manipulated electronic loops and occasional, more pattern-free electronic guitar with different distortions. The loops are, again, simple on their own, but when they all are layered together they create something really thick and structured with lots of emotion - and the album's even playful experimental nature adds to it's originality. The professional and fleshy soundscape makes the songs vast and powerful, while still maintaining the whole highly ear-friendly and all the different elements clearly audible.
All the songs sound different clearly different, but they all also share some things, such as the underlying and not too evident (implicit, one could say) dark feel, being calm but still detailed, reliance on the patterns, and their overall similar feel and sound. The album lasts for a mere half an hour, but the soundscape has such a strong layer of emotion on it that the album doesn't sound too short at all.
The album has a few weak points. The songs don't really form a whole, they moreso all seem to be detached from it in their own dimensions: the album consist of seven experimentations that fit well amidst each other, but ones that don't really compliment each other. It also causes the album to lack a pulse or a drive, and the songs' emphasis on looping only amplifies this impression. To me, it seems as if the artists focused too much on the experimentation and trying out different ideas without too much of an image of the possible outcome, which shows through the songs here and there feeling like they don't know what they're going for - and some parts could've really used some extra edge and variation. I would've expected more from this collaboration.
Overall this album presents a lot of talent and professionalism, but seems a little lacking in effort to making the album a holistic and detailed success, with the different parts and elements complimenting each other. It's a good listen per se, but not nearly as good as it could've been.