The slow motion part was referred to as homeopathic punk. before, however ambient, electro-acoustic electronica, dada, soundtrack, radio play, spoken word, impromptu (though preconceived in a certain sense), even jazz or free music could come to mind as well.
Air Cushion Finish formed in Berlin in 2007 and comprised composer/player jayrope and natural vocal synthesizer Lippstueck, who had enjoyed playing Berlin’s underground together since the 1990s. Lippstueck prominently sings, wordless and backwards in time, while his partner jayrope tends to also appreciate any DIY, electronic, string or percussion instrument small enough to fit into a single suitcase altogether.
Changing setup and subsequently music is programmatic to them, as well as having friends as guest musicians, all resulting into an unforeseeable slow motion cacophony of whispers, bleeps, rhythms and harmonies.
There’s a notion of Dada, but you never know.
This rather poetic note about their separation from cemented structures & styles took them to places. ACF got to support a number of their own favourite artists along the line. Subsequently ACF’s 8th album FLINK – upon a friendly invitation – was recorded and mixed with Thierry Amar at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango. For the first time in a proper studio, if you will, but nonetheless with an audience present at recording time. The resulting double 12” ‘Flink’ was released on Lullabies for Insominacs in early 2017, telling of ACF’s current state of poetical accident, swaying, swinging and bouncing, boldly careful, like a transparent tattoo on your forehead.
In the late 90s jayrope released his first albums on Alec Empire’s Geist Records under the name Rope, while Lippstueck ran a spectacular location called ‘Goldmund’ in 2000. Later on Goldmund turned into a festival and gave birth to a new tradition of side-tracked and wonderful alternative music listening in Berlin.
Parallel universal music is where they met.
alt.vinyl, Biesentales Records, Hafenschlamm Rekords, Kinship Records, Lullabies for Insomniacs