Cicadidae was a bright album, glowing in the wake of processed instruments and slow-burning songs for the lonely and contemplative; Absencen maintains those moods, but adds a cinematic touch to the whole experience. The instrumentation and tasteful use of programming and processing gives Absencen a far more acoustic timbre. When the violins tremble there is little in the way that impairs the instrument's natural beauty, when the saxophone wails and cries, its as though I'm listening to some shadowed player on a dimly lit street corner. There are undeniably romantic elements sprinkled all over this album: almost every song is full of fluid, seductive curves that move along peaceful percussion rhythms or stuttered, textured movements. The band—at times—arranges the music purely by texture, preferring to eschew melodic and harmonic concerns for a purely sound-based approach. "Unstet (f?r Jeffrey Lee Pierce)" is a perfect example of this. While there are melodic and harmonic elements, it's obvious that the focus of the song is on the jumbled sax and wailing guitars that populate its six-plus minutes. The way the music creeps and slides about gives the entire record a voyeuristic angle. It settles over everything and made me feel as though I should be careful, watching my back at all times. I wouldn't want to be caught in the act. Martin Siewert guests on at least one track (specifics for guest appearances aren't provided), but it's little wonder that he was invited to play with the band. Kammerflimmer Kollektief's sound is enormous and mysterious, perfect for the dark or the veiled and shady corners of every city.
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