I saw this on the release list at Temporary Residence (a fantastic label) and thought it sounded cool. Picked it up later and found that the comparisons they made to Mum, Third Eye Collective and Styrofoam were completely unwarranted. It's one of these albums, like Fridge's or Mice Parade's stuff, where a lot of the time you can't tell what is being played and what is being sampled. They are fully capable of putting together a pleasant beat and melody, as evident in "...denn Nacht
is jetzt schon", but as you will also see they see no problem with lapsing into abrasive glitch-out with little warning.
The songs are mostly pretty chill, though, and are technically infallible - everything is very much in its place and the instruments are well played. Bowed strings and horns are the dominant sounds, but there are a number of other things thrown into the mix - guitars, analog equipment noises, and other little things for effect - and usually a light, insistent drumming to ground the song. Some songs are more jazzy, some lean towards trip-hop backing, some just noodling, but nothing too insane. There are no 25 minute opuses or sitar freakouts here. It's great music for hanging out but more active than something like Windy and Carl, so you don't have to zone out to it, although that's certainly an option. Their website says they just released something in March, which I didn't know until just now, so I'll check that out and report back. In the meantime, Cicadidae is a great album to pick up.