REVIEW: Jonas Reinhardt’s “Mask Of The Maker”

Jonas Reinhardt photo JonasReinhardt_cover_zps7280f9c4.jpg Jonas Reinhardt creates the king of electronic soundscapes you might have found on an electronic or progressive rock album from the mid to late 70’s, or an electronic soundtrack for a movie you have have caught on cable at 2:35am. Mask Of The Maker (Not Not Fun) is indeed the musical mask of its creator, Jesse Reine. He not only examines and explores the music he loves, but he uses analog synths to create a (at first) distant sound, but listen to these songs long enough and you’ll hear how today’s music are influenced by these sounds of yesterday, even though they are very much as modern as anything out there. One might hear songs like “Jungle Jah” and be reminded of the music of Giorgio Moroder or Jean Michel Jarre, or maybe even a bit of Chemical Brothers if they existed as a band circa 1977. Or you may also be reminded of Kraftwerk pre-Trans-Europe Express, but with a greater push towards musicality and dance tracks, opposed to being accidentally funky. “Brood And Talk Rot” sounds like some long lost extended mix of a song on Casablanca Records, and from start to finish, the vibe of the music feels good and you want to be able to get lost in whatever direction Reinhardt takes you. The sounds swoop down and sweep you in, which is what any listener could hope for. However, Mask Of The Maker keeps you up and allows you to look at everything from different perspectives, or wherever the music takes you. You could easily turn this as background music, but the songs here are much more than background atmospherics. It’s worthy of many deep listens.

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RECORD CRACK: Jonas Reinhardt gets trippier with “Powers of Audition”

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What moved Jonas Reinhardt to title his album Powers Of Audition (Kranky) is an interesting one: “the human capacity to audition sound and fill in blanks where the composer leaves space for interpretation.” For some, that is a great way to listen to music and/or improvise as a musician, to take it to other levels unknown.

Powers Of Audition, his second album, continues on with his minimalist exploration of electronic music, somewhat nostalgic but very much of the now and the future. It sounds like music you’d hear on a television show you’re not sure you’re really watching because it’s 2:42am and you’re in that zone. This album, in a more alert state, will bring you to another state without you having to leave your easy chair.

Vinyl and CD can be ordered individually from Kranky.