act 295 · philipp münch & loss · transcontinental desperation · cd

tracklist:
01 winter dream
02 uncomfortably relentless
03 overcoming obstacles
04 dystopia
05 whatever happened in the dark
06 monster maker
07 the spirit of consumption
08 the devil, god and my dna
09 extinction
10 daybreak
11 survival

the album you are about to listen manages to consolidate the essence of two outstanding individuals: philipp münch who has made himself a name both as a solo artist and as a member of countless projects, and dan fox a.k.a. loss, a highly regarded veteran of the noise music scene. when philipp and dan met in person a mutual artistic respect was the spark for a collaborative effort and resulted in a transcontinental interchange of inspiration and sound files. after processing each other's basic tracks, the final release clearly showcases both participants' distinctive style as well as the uniqueness of this creative amalgamation.

as the album title indicates, 'transcontinental desperation' is an aural statement of distress, anger and doubt, where topics like injustice and overthrowing the media have been integrated into the voice samples and lyrics. the suspense buried in the sound textures transmits an emotional spectrum of dejection and subliminal aggression, executed with a variety of electronic and acoustic equipment. dark ambient soundscapes are combined with clear and distorted beats, impulsive sequencer lines, abstract effects, manipulated vocals - all these components build a perfect bridge between minimal electro and contemporary industrial music.

'transcontinental desparation' deeply connects two exceptional performers for a haunting listening experience - an enthralling liaison which might well be continued some day...

philipp münch discography 02.2k14:
transcontinental desperation (w/ loss). cd. ant-zen act295. 2014
miracle world. cd-r. self-released. 2012
mondo obscura. cd. ant-zen act275. 2012
mondo obscura (the mutant twin). digital album. ant-zen dig026. 2012
into the absurd. cd. ant-zen act255. 2011

loss discography 02.2k14:
transcontinental desperation (w/ philipp münch). cd. ant-zen act295. 2014
i am but the sum of my conditions. cd. ant-zen act283. 2013
you are what eats you. 7". spectre s24. 2006
i kill everything. cd. spectre s19. 2005
a letter that will never be sent. 3" cd-r. inner demons ind001. 2004

philipp münch official webpage:
www.facebook.com/philippmuench.de

loss official webpages:
www.innerdemonsrecords.com
www.facebook.com/innerdemonsrecords

reviews:

a review in russian language can be found on the machinist's webpage:
www.machinistmusic.net

blackmagazin.com
bei ant-zen scheinen die transatlantischen beziehungen immer noch zu funktionieren, denn die aktuelle kollaboration zwischen philipp münch (synapscape, the rorschach garden) und dan fox (loss) agiert auf beiderseitiger augenhöhe. in "transcontinental desperation" fließen gleichberechtigt und ausgewogen die verschiedenen musikalischen merkmale des deutschen wie amerikanischen künstlers ein und so ist das album ein regelrechter industriell-apokalyptischer schmelztiegel aus wuchtigen drum-beats, distortion rhythmen, electro, noise, dark ambient und verzerrtem gesang, der übrigens auch wechselseitig gerecht untereinander aufgeteilt ist. dan fox bringt dann vor allem auch seine schon von loss her gewohnten doom-atmosphären mit ein und philipp münch streut abwechslungsreich diverse minimal & synth pop-melodien, was ich in dem kontext des doch recht krachigen gesamteindruckes sehr erfrischend empfinde. innerhalb der rund 65 minuten gesamtspielzeit offenbaren sich mit jedem hördurchgang immer neue details aus den an sich schon verschachtelt-pulsierenden 11 tracks und so wird "transcontinental desperation" in keinem moment langweilig. bestes beispiel dafür ist "dystopia", wo sich unter den sprachsamples und vocals eine bekannte melodie-hookline aus den 80ern herausschält und der track plötzlich wie eine industrial-cover-version von "fade to grey" klingt! das dabei thematisch auch die derzeitig gestörten politischen beziehungen zwischen deutschland und amerika nicht spurlos an der kollaboration aus bielefeld und der anderen seite des atlantik vorüber gehen, ist augenscheinlich wie hörbar, aber selbst ohne diesen aktuellen hintergrund funktioniert das album hervorragend. ein indiz dafür vor allem das völlig "verstrahlte" industriebrachen-artwork von salt, welches ein weiteres mal absolut passend eine veröffentlichung auf ant-zen veredelt. "transcontinental desperation" ist somit eine gelungene ergänzung zum bisherigen oeuvre der beiden musiker, wenn nicht sogar der höhepunkt! (marco fiebag)

chain d.l.k.
i was already familiar with loss, but i had to look up philipp münch. turns out that i already knew of his work, but hadn't put the name with the band. münch is involved with a whole host of projects, most notably ars moriendi, mandelbrot, monokrom, and synapscape, to name only a few (seriously ' check this guy's discogs page). i'll admit that i was less familiar with münch's work than with that of loss. i had previously reviewed "thorns" by mandelbrot, but my exposure to synapscape, likely his best known project, was limited to a remix here and there. it wasn't like i was avoiding it - i just hadn't gotten around to it, and with ant-zen's prodigious output one has to make some choices. from the very start, you can tell that this is quite different from loss's previous output. so at the very least, you get the sense that this is a true collaboration, where the end result is more than the sum of its parts. the music is a lot less of the orchestral noisiness that loss is known for, which seems to have been traded in for more beats and melody. this also seems much less personal than previous loss outings; for example, "dystopia" has samples of news reports and political speeches discussing the former soviet union, detroit, democracy, and so forth. this is by design. as the label explains, ''transcontinental desperation' is an aural statement of distress, anger and doubt, where topics like injustice and overthrowing the media have been integrated into the voice samples and lyrics. the suspense buried in the sound textures transmits an emotional spectrum of dejection and subliminal aggression, executed with a variety of electronic and acoustic equipment.' the use of samples works well on this album, with tracks like "the spirit of consumption" telling a story by describing debt and the consumption of resources in a relentless pursuit of more. indeed, some of these more political tracks would not seem out of place on a snog album. "extinction," for example, was almost like a poppy industrial track with analogue leads and a grooving beat over moderately distorted vocals. yes, you can actually make out some of the words. overall this is an interesting release and different from what i have heard from either artist. it is good to see collaborations that push both artists in new directions, and this album does just that. as such, if you are looking for something familiar, this is not going to be it. this album weighs in at around 65 minutes.

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