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Humbucking Coil Import

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 21 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sonic Unyon Records
  • ASIN: B000CETP7I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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1. Broken Monitors
2. Gain
3. Composure
4. First Times
5. Phones and Machines
6. Static Grate
7. From to
8. Aldebaran Waltz

Product Description

The Humbucking Coilis a schizophrenic apparatus. A pick-up that eliminates the guitar's usual interferences, its white noise, just by means of doubling them. Two electromagnetic coils turn each other mute. What solely remains is the pure sound of the vibrating string. And that what is done with this single sound. The opening song 'Broken Monitors', euphoric pop in slow motion, carefully arranged around a guitar's slowed down melody. Morr Music. 2006.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0f3a540) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d416b4) out of 5 stars Feel Good Album Of The Winter May 10 2006
By Andrew Bittson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
You know how sometimes you're driving along in the car with the radio on, and you're not really paying attention to what is playing over the airwaves? Well last week I was having one of those moments. It was post-midnight and I found myself driving along to work (don't ask...) in a zombie-like state of nothingness going on in my head. Paying attention to the road just enough not to present myself as a hazard to other drivers, but honestly, my mind had totally gone tabula rasa.

Now, every so often, a song will come on the radio that is so interesting, it touches you strongly enough to rip you right out of your apathetic reverie. It started without warning or announcement; it's gentle pulsing synths warming the speaker reverberations akin to The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights". Suddenly my eyes and ears were awake and I was thinking "ooh, new Postal Service song?" but no, the song quickly shifted in style when a gorgeous compound 6/4 rhythm kicked in over the top, blending trip-hop-esque beats with gorgeous electric-acoustic guitar melodies, piano backing harmonies, and raindrop-like synths that glisten off the ear like snowdrops melting at the touch of skin.

I remained in my car after I had parked for another three minutes, eager to find out what the song that had played was called. It turned out to be called Composure, by an artist I had never heard of: B. Fleischmann.

Quickly noting it in my phone, I rushed up to work, determined that later on I would start a search for this gorgeous song and try and discover more about his other songs, hoping for the same sort of quality.

The following week, I discovered that his album; "The Humbucking Coil"; had recently been released in February of this year. It is the fourth album from Fleischmann since his debut in Germany with "Pop Loops For Breakfast" back in 1999. Interesting titles, I thought, and this further heightened my curiosity to hear what the rest of the album sounded like.

Every song search, for me, starts with file-sharing programs. However, none of B.Fleischmann's stuff was easilly available, let alone his newest release. Individual tracks were virtually impossible to find, so I searched for entire albums, and found 3 sources. Within a matter of days, I was the proud owner of a very mysterious, electronic pirated copy of The Humbucking Coil. Ever so excited, I added it to my iPod immediately and couldn't help but listen through it thrice-over the next day.

Honest to God, never have I been so moved by instrumental music and electro-ambience. For those very few people who have heard of them, it reminds me of the instrumental 4-piece band "Explosions In The Sky" meets the electronic production of Dntell, who is also one-half of slightly better-known The Postal Service. The Humbucking Coil is an amazingly creative production of an album, each track taking on a gorgeously warm flavour of it's own, while still simmering gently within a pool of sombre remeniscence and sometimes depressed undertones.

Powerful in it's subtleness, the song "Static Gate" stretches it's 4 and a half minutes into eternity with lulling beats and piano-riffs, suddenly offset by the sound of oboes kicking in halfway through. "Aldebaran Waltz" is triple-time brilliance in it's creative relaxation, again utilizing compound rhythms from real drums, to achieve both a slow yet fast tempo, while overdrive guitar fuzz lifts the athmosphere around the song to a warmer climate from it's initial lonely cold dwelling. The track "First Times" is worthy of note here too: it begins rather typically with a droning synth, but very quickly transports itself to utter brilliance when the uplifting multiple guitar melodies and keyboards seep in.

The following day, I strode into JB-Hifi and bought the album outright. It is ironic how fired up a lot of the "righteous" get with regard to illegal downloading of music, especially now with the popularity and accessibility of Apple's iTunes. However, a lot of people such as myself, would never buy half the music they now own and cherish, if it weren't for previewing their worthiness in this way beforehand. These days, consumers are becoming a lot fussier with the albums we choose to buy - one or two outstanding tracks simply isn't enough of a reason to purchase an entire album. The record has to prove itself as a whole. The Humbucking Coil certainly achieves that. Every track belongs together, and it doesn't get repetitive. At only eight tracks, it is short, but long. Two of the tracks have thoughtful lyrics, but the real attention is deservingly given to the music itself.

In short, B.Fleischmann is an exceptional find. I may be late to jump on the bandwagon, and admittedly, the bandwagon is probably scarecely boarded here in Australia. But this is great timing for an album only released a few months ago this year. To anyone who appreciates moving music, to the lonely and the happy, the content and the lost, to the visionaries and the dreamers: this album is for you. Essentially, the feel-good album of the winter.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d4172c) out of 5 stars Soothing, Inspiring, and Pretty Much Beautiful Dec 8 2009
By Timothy W. Bruneau - Published on
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From time to time I like music that doesn't try to take center stage. Playing in the background these tunes do a lot to get my creative juices flowing. It allows introspection. Beautiful stuff.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d41f0c) out of 5 stars great album April 17 2014
By andy coppinger - Published on
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This is killer album. Was turned onto this guy from Pandora. The majority of tracks on this album are knock outs. His voice is a little funny for my tasting, but he's a genius at song writing and arranging.
HASH(0xa0d41f00) out of 5 stars B. Fleischmann - The Humbucking Coil March 10 2011
By scoundrel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Shoegazing has never been far from electronica's heart, and on THE HUMBUCKING COIL, B. Fleischmann brings the two even closer together. "Broken Monitors" has the hazy atmosphere that has brought Ulrich Schnauss so much notoriety recently, but with a bit more of the rock elements. Fleischmann doesn't experiment with noise as much as he did on WELCOME TOURIST (which is a bittersweet relief)--the instrumentals now bear a strong resemblance to Schnauss' work, though not enough to be a rip-off. Instead, they share the same mood and sense of drift, while keeping a strong melodic sense. Even the slightly awkward vocals on "Gain" and "From To" aren't enough to sink the dreamy feeling. "Aldebarian Waltz" closes things on an slowly-growing, epic note. Quite nice overall.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0d41f24) out of 5 stars Great intro to B. Fleischmann Oct. 27 2009
By Glenn Towle - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Came across this via first track Broken Monitors getting airplay on XM Radio. Glad I explored further. Very inviting ambient grooves. Intriguing but not demanding, you can chill to it or focus on it.