europe by night is the gripping and intoxicating debut album by stockholm, sweden based metro riders (real name henrik stelzer) and the first release on newly minted contemporary global imprint possible motive. employing outdated software and now obsolete analogue recording equipment, metro riders conjures a suspenseful and gloomy, true to the era re-imagining of lost sounds.
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the soundtrack to a seldom-seen 1974 art film by mort hellig - featuring a total cast of 3, playing "creation," "humanity," and "destruction," respectively - israeli composer aminadav aloni's peculiar, minimal electronic music cues come from a more compositional bent than much of the era's synthetic dabblings. over the course of 8 song-length segments of hand-played melodic refrain, a certain mood is established of laissez-faire, devil-may-care-ish-ness that is, frankly, quite welcome - segments bordering on pure drone / timbral exploration suddenly give way to more melodic & thematic events that belie the music's function.