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Review

Allan Harrison, Splendid E-Zine, February 6, 2004

With an emphasis on plaintive melody over jackhammer rhythms, the murky electronic musings of Kettel (also known as Reimer Eising of the Netherlands) might seem disconnected from the terroristic arrhythmia that characterizes much of contemporary electronic music. It’s to Eising’s credit, though; the ridiculously titled Look At This! Ha ha ha! is endearingly listenable. Dues are paid to Boards Of Canada’s way with eerie nostalgia on Bird-Covered Lungs and the woozily entrancing Philiphill Timee, and the dreamscape-spinning chug of Reim Doesn’t wouldn’t seem out of place on a Four Tet album, while Guru Lost Riddle stretches Venetian Snares’ speed-gauntlet tactics into a distorted 4/4 noise-romp. But while this Kettel EP might seem like an exercise in musical magpie-ism, it’s actually a fun, playful and hugely praiseworthy venture in altered-state musicality. Also reminiscent of the deceptively melodic techno inflections of Plaid, Look At This! Ha ha ha! is shot through with fun, recklessness and even occasional doses of reflective melancholy. It’s definitely worth investigating.

… shot through with fun, recklessness and even occasional doses of reflective melancholy.