Pole - Wald FLAC album
Genre: Electronic / Reggae / Soul and Funk music
FLAC version ZIP size: 1915 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1264 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1697 mb
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Pole - Wald Basic Channel may have invented dub techno, but during his late '90s run of numerical albums, Pole (AKA Stefan Betke) was also pivotal in forging the gut-quaking sound of contemporary techno. His tracks were slathered in static, pops and hiss under which pulsed muggy low-end that seemed to strip dub reggae down to pure reverberation.
p & c pole 2015 Made in EU. Includes free download code (album plus album mix) on sticker glued to one of two jiffy inner sleeves. Blank side 4 has a great leaf etched over the whole surface.
It’s been quite a while since we last heard from dubtronic, glitch figurehead Stefan Betke under his Pole alias. Indeed, it’s been a good eight years since his preceding ‘Steingarten’ album, his most recent longplayer, if you don’t count his 2011 ‘Waldgeschichten’ EP series that followed in its wake. Crafted over a three year period, this latest album ‘Wald’ sees Betke using this extended period of absence to reassess his musical processes and in many senses start afresh from a blank slate.
Wald begins immediately, ends abruptly, and is divided into three acts over three tracks. It is the first studio album under Stefan Betke's Pole moniker for eight years – not counting the three 12" EPs under the title Waldgeschichten (released in 2011/2012 and which were something like preliminary studies for this new album). Eight years is half an eternity in the digital age – yet the pieces on Wald seem timeless, or to have fallen from time. Stefan Betke: "After Steingarten I was on tour for two years. At the same time, Barbara Preisinger and I set up our record label ~scape.
Someone tell Aphex Twin and BoC that full reclusiveness is out for legendary electronic musicians; instead, Berlin producer Pole . Stefan Betke is fostering a new sort of artist-fan relationship, one where the artist remains tacitly on the scene, but then, like an actual snake that exists with a tail that looks like a spider, the artist strikes (with music)
On Wald, his first album in eight years, Betke (aka Pole) has begun to show an interest in the emotional capabilities of his music. Inspired by the long walks he would take through the forests of the Alps, Betke crafted a nine-song, three-part work based on nature's spatiality (Akt 1), raw sounds (Akt 2) and structures (Akt 3). Although much of Pole's music has been a steady continuum of his original vision, Wald comes off like a spiritual reset, as Betke.
And Wald does sound like Pole, though arguably a warmer and more inviting version of Pole. I would totally agree. The press release for Wald states the production of the album was proceeded by a series of long walks in the woods.