Friday 16th January 2015

Few new techno artists of the past years gained as much momentum as Recondite. His atmospheric, driving, bleak tracks are techno to the core. Yet they are much more. They are not Techno about Techno, music reprocessing other music, but music about experiences and emotions. In dealing with themes like longing, nostalgia, romanticism and the general uncertainty of being human, the productions of the thoughtful Bavarian introduce a new range of issues and emotions.

His music is widely available through many releases on renowned labels such as Ghostly, Hotflush or Dystopian, but it never discloses its mystery. It is charming, yet serious, it is beautiful but dark. It is the soundtrack for a perfect night out, yet it reveals a profound insight into the abyss of the human experience.

The club scene is regarded as a ceaseless series of distractions. Quite the opposite, Recondite is a rather focused person. Growing up in a remote Bavarian village after his family had moved there from the city he always felt as an outsider to the natives, but he gradually developed a kind and curious view on their more or less secluded lives. Nature has always been an important counterpart. When he started producing music at his parents ́ house, a deer might be listening in through the terrace door. Even now that he lives in Berlin long hikes through the woods are a major inspiration. Another one is physical exercise, being a fitness coach in his second profession.

With Iffy, his third album, Recondite tries to introduce a wider audience to his basic interest: the feelings and emotions that are hidden in the dark. Recondite does not present the arrangements and structures on a silver platter, but leaves room for interpretation. Yet he is not interested in getting blurry or arbitrary. Managing to put his moods in a nutshell he does not need words or voices to allow people to relate to his unique personal experience.

“Iffy” is easily accessible. You are immersed into the grooves and melodies without even realising it. But there is existential gravity in its core. The expression of the dog ś face on the album cover sets the mood for all tracks. A certain indecisiveness is a major emotion. “Iffy” is driven by conflicting moods. Despite all commitment, the outcome always remains open. Recondite wants us to realise that there is not one good or proper solution, not one universal truth.

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