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Electronic - Released February 10, 2006 | Morr Music

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Pop - Released November 14, 2008 | Morr Music

B. Fleischmann's work tends towards the gentler side of an already gentle enough label, Morr Music -- as part of the continual staking out of a post-techno/IDM space for singer/songwriters that would have been called lo-fi in another life, though he's definitely part of a strong trend that still hasn't received its full due. On the nine-song Angst Is Not a Weltanschauung!, Fleischmann's understated arrangements and performances touch on many other styles and templates -- hints of C-86 via the Field Mice and shoegaze are especially strong, notably on the swooning "24:12" with its central bassline -- but possibly one of his best qualities is simply how he uses his guest singers, especially Sweet William Van Ghost. His voice, a low-pitched, slightly quavering but not weak instrument that he uses excellently, creates a definite Lee Hazlewood feeling which duets with Marilies Jagsch like "In Trains" further emphasize. Fleischmann's own singing on two songs is fair enough in comparison, but perhaps the most intriguing choice of performer is Daniel Johnston, who reworks his "King Kong" into a new number, "Phones, Machines and King Kong," his immediately recognizable voice sounding all the more fragile and beautiful against Fleischmann's chopped-up drone keyboards and shuffling beats. Also, for all the album's low-key impact, it's quite theatrical as well, almost melodramatic -- but where a band like the Arcade Fire pumps up that quality to almost absurd degrees, say, here there's always a sense of careful control, as on songs like the instrumental "Last Time We Met at a T&TT Concert," whose skittering beats and mournful swell of accordion drive the arrangement forward to a sudden drop out of sound, suspending everything almost in mid-air. © Ned Raggett /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released February 2, 2018 | Morr Music

Bernhard Fleischmann's solo recordings have ranged from glitchy IDM instrumentals with post-rock guitars to longform electro-acoustic works recorded live in concert with guest musicians. His albums for Berlin's Morr Music have progressively placed more of an emphasis on songcraft, and 2012's I'm Not Ready for the Grave Yet was an emotionally heavy set of contemplations about life, death, and existence, with Fleischmann's singing appearing along with spoken samples. Its follow-up, Stop Making Fans, is longer and more ambitious, with songs that are often cynical, wry, and a bit paranoid, but nevertheless catchy. This seems entirely fitting for an album whose title is a few keystrokes away from Stop Making Sense, and happens to include a song called "We've Heard the Talking Heads Talking." While Fleischmann's voice isn't anywhere near as agitated as David Byrne's, he still expresses a great deal of anxiety with his lyrics. Opener "Here Comes the 'A' Train" has a relaxed tempo, but Fleischmann bitterly remarks "A hundred times I've been told/My rhymes are too old." A few songs are a bit more aggressive, such as the bleepy, breezy indie-techno of "You're the Spring," or the complex "Wakey Wakey," which somehow succeeds in merging fast, footwork-like beats with chiming, knotty guitars which seem like they could've been sampled from a brainy indie rock group such as American Football. While songs like "There Is a Head" and the album's festive title track (which even features a mouth harp!) are both playful yet tense, "It's Not Enough" gets lost in the pleasure of dancing, seemingly as a way to forget troubles. Fleischmann and guest Gloria Amesbauer (who appears on two additional songs) repeat the song's title over a simmering disco groove, and eventually Fleischmann's Bernard Sumner-esque voice gets elevated thanks to a cloud of swirling, trippy echo. The album seems to be an extended reflection on the inner conflict between commercialism and artistic freedom, so it's appropriate that the music experiments with a wide array of styles while remaining accessible. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Electronic - Released November 3, 2003 | Morr Music

According to the press materials, Bernhard Fleischmann "wants to criticize a state of mind that subordinates human beings to a logic of economic utilization." A noble sentiment, to be sure, but not the kind that necessarily leads to the production of enjoyable music -- let alone two full discs of enjoyable music. Luckily for those whose musical tastes have not yet succumbed to the dialectical imperative, Fleischmann's compositions are mainly instrumental, and for the most part they are not obtrusively political in content. The first disc is the most conventionally enjoyable of the two; its 11 tracks run the gamut from a glitchy electronica setting for a German translation of Thoreau ("02/00") to a slowly rocking and deeply harmonically weird composition for piano, guitar, and drums titled "Letter From Home" and, best of all, a little number called "Waiting for You to Come" that consists of little more than a mellow, laid-back piano overlaid with jittery, drill'n'bass drum programming. The second disc is a single, 45-minute-long track entitled "Take Your Time." This piece is almost cinematic in scope, starting out as a jumble of musique concrète, then passing through phases of country-tinged steel guitar, dubwise phase shifting, and a sort of glitch-jazz before finally turning into twisted a kind of song. Politics or no politics, this is radical music in the best sense of the term. © Rick Anderson /TiVo
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Pop - Released June 1, 1999 | Morr Music

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Electronic - Released June 29, 2000 | Fuzzy Box

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Electronic - Released October 5, 2012 | Morr Music

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Pop/Rock - Released January 19, 2018 | A Number Of Small Things

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Pop - Released November 1, 1999 | Morr Music

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Ambient - Released February 7, 2020 | {int}erpret null

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Electronic - Released December 2, 2011 | Sound Of A Handshake

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Electronic - Released October 17, 2008 | A Number Of Small Things

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Electronic - Released February 16, 2007 | Sound Of A Handshake

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Electronic - Released May 2, 2006 | A Number Of Small Things

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Electronic - Released September 1, 2001 | A Number Of Small Things

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Pop/Rock - Released December 8, 2017 | A Number Of Small Things

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Electronic - Released March 1, 2004 | Lok Musik