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about FLINK (2016)
Krossfingers (Artem Super Ikra)
“ … There are eclectic, shaman craziness growing into mystical ecstasy on this 2xLP. Hypnotic chants, whisperings, screams soaked into lot of filters and electronica. Under virtuoso guitar rhythms. It’s a really magical musical realism nurtured in the Insomnia cradle.”
The Attic: “… in those days they were accompanied by a sort of humming noise, not articulate, but musical, exciting, which changed the value of the words themselves. Could one set that humming noise to words? Perhaps with the help of the poets one could.” – Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own (1929)
Maybe this paragraph from this uniquely skilled user of words (that is Virginia Woolf, of course) could sum up rather well, (or at least try to outline) the mental and philosophical framework of this record. Air Cushion Finish is the articulated musical effort of JayRope and Lippstueck, two of Berlin’s experimental scene outposts since the 90’s.
Lippstueck is in charge of the vocals, sometimes eerie (a bit Deux Fille-ish), at times incorporating the absurd playfulness of Dada (in “You and I”), but almost always impregnated with melancholia. I couldn’t help but not notice the abundance of vocal gestures, embodying those of Demetrio Stratos in “Cantare la voce” in some instances, especially on “Haarscheinrüssler”.
On “Lyrebird”, some nuanced Meredith Monk utterances can be slightly grasped. The percussion paraphernalia does convey a sense of assumed juvenility, as we find out from the promo, JayRope dwells in DIY ventures and he manufactures his own instruments, apparently small (and endearingly) enough to fit in a suitcase.
If you have a slice of your time, give it a listen, a provocation to not take yourself too seriously.”
Boomkat: “Offering something akin to inserting a tape head in your nasal cavity and running a spool across it and thru your ears, Air Cushion Finish’s Flink is a marvellously trippy, poetic session of jayrope’s small sound collage composition and impressionistic, wordless singing from “natural vocal synthesiser”, Lippstueck.
Formed in Berlin 2007, the pairing have previously issued a pair of albums thru hamburg house of weird, Hafenschlamm Rekords, and, at the behest of GY!BE, they recorded this, their 4th album with Thierry Amar at Montreal’s renowned Hotel2Tango studio in 2014.
Flink was the result of those sessions, an immersively psychedelic (sweet, rather than head-frying) world unto themselves, sensitively placing Lippstueck’s flighty vox – which range from Schwitters-esque gibber to avian and ecclesiastical runs – drifting around the centre of a sound sphere pieced together from intricately laced rhythmic mechanisms, reverberant dub basses and insectoid blues.
There’s no way we’re going to sum it up in words, but for reference it’s worth considering next to the output of My Cat Is An Alien, Eli Keszler or Sculpture.”
Air Cushion Finish, Spree. This was the first set of the first night I attended at Suoni per il Popolo in Montreal this past June, and it has been haunting me ever since. Two musicians making a dream-like flow of musical and lyrical ideas, and dream-like is the right word: there are preconceived islands, and the music drifts in free-form manner among them. Beautiful, involving and truly uncanny, this album is also refreshingly close to experiencing the band live.
Big City Blog NYC / Best Pop albums 2014
Intuitively, my favorite music is that which I can’t define by genre.
The Brooklyn Rail / George Grella
I see bright visuals, like kaleidoscopic ornaments moving slowly. My chest opens up and starts vibrating to the experimental sounds accompanied by birds chirp. People hit me time to time, saying :”Excuse me, I am so sorry”… The audience feels selected, lots of visitors from other countries… It feels like tonight here are the ones who are truly dedicated.
AvantHard about supporting GY!BE on Nov 9 2012 at SO36, Berlin –
I am still under the spell of the trance they induced- Jayrope’s hypnotic beats and Lippstueck’s soft, reassuring voice are sampled and layered, adding random instruments (last time a small flute and some kitchen utensils were spotted) building polyrhythms that create familiar, irremediably tribal and soothing sounds infused with humour.
Who thought this was so deliciously possible?
Only in Berlin / Maia Beyrouti
in Praha, Lucerna Bar, supporting GYBE! 2012
“Ukázalo se, že šlo o (stejně jako zástup před pódiem) godspeedí fanoušky, Air Cushion Finish z Berlína, těžký mix postfolku s ambientem, co se nebojí experimentů s vokály a jejich syntézou. Trojice německých hudebníků začala rychlou uvítací řečí, jak neskutečně rádi hrají před svou oblíbenou kapelou. Společně potom na stísněném prostoru postavili jediný song, kterému vévodil křišťálově čistý vokál s volbou přírodně laděného ambientu, který stoupal a padal jako říčky a vodopády. Šlo spíše o šepot pod lampiony na rybářském prutu, který se přelil ve výpověď nálad společných pro obě kapely, podaných ale zcela odlišným způsobem. Jestli mělo být sympatické sousední trio oblačným větrem s občasnými srážkami, pak z Kanady přiletěl planetární uragán.” musicserver.cz