Glitterbug – Privilege

January 01, 1970



Over his sprawling double disc sophomore full-length, techno producer
Till “Glitterbug” Rohmann bewilders and subdues. Privilege spans a variety of stylish motifs that shimmer in the way that
Lawrence’s tracks do (he remixed Glitterbug’s “Brontohouse,”
incidentally), or call from an undefined, soothing place ala Kate Simko’s
recent Music From the
Atom Smashers
. Rohmann uses field
recordings that complement well his often finespun compositions, with crisp
bell chimes and churning synths that were tracked in the artist’s Cologne,
Germany-based studio.


Hesitant movements are more likely to materialize as Privilege advances than raging techno is, but nearly all of these deep, ambient
works are driven by a robust rhythm section. While it’s difficult to uncover a
difference between the two discs as far as direction or pacing goes, Rohmann’s
album is flush with mood changes that are strong enough to sustain its considerable
running time. The set’s affecting melodies – simple though
they may be – are around every bend, and sometimes folded into a
grinding framework. “Blast” isn’t exactly volatile, but its metallic
flourishes and sudden stop/starts find it in aggressive form alongside the
long-rippling “Blue Rifts.” Live piano colors
dream sequence-like opener “Lionheart” wonderfully, with the producer
returning to the ivories for a bare interlude called “So Could We.”
Its hammered chords and roomy echo break up the second half’s otherwise
steadily propulsive lot, where Rohmann closes out nearly two and a half lush,
melancholy hours from where he began.











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