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4 stars Aidan Baker's discography could hardly be pinned down to a single Prog sub-genre. His abilities and relentless exploring spirit, rarely denies itself the opportunity to express, whatever he needs to express in the styling it needs to be expressed. In some unknowingly way, he fits the PSIKE club almost to perfection (the Indo-Raga styling is still missing up to now and as far as I know).

Anyway, "Stimmt", 2015, is no exception. Closer to Krautrock even Psychedelic or Heavy prog, rather than electronic prog as such. Its charms are abundant as its energized performances, adding the topping with unique and mutable songwriting signatures.

Track 1- Dance of the Entartet is heavy prog related. Its exploding electric guitar chords certainly set it in this category. 4 stars

Track 2- Atemlos, slow paced cosmic Krautrock, tainted with a bluesy like rhythm and a "Frippiesque" distant guitar soloing. 3 stars

Track 3- Transverse Motion, a slowly ascending Krautrock rocker, plays along the lines of straight forward simplicity and highly rich and complex arrangements, alongside extreme noise filters and its inevitable uprising pinnacle. 4 stars

Track 4- Mir. Dreamy percussions open the stage for an even dreamier electric guitar melody line and a highly hypnotic synths background accompanied by abstract whispers, which built up one of this releases most memorable highlights (Steven Wilson like but without any cheesy momentums). 4.5 stars

Track 5- Starken. Counterpoints the previous track's sweetness with Black Sabbathesque deep falling electric guitar minor chords, as its clashing drumming and its pin-pointing deep bottom bass line. Fun considering the Black Sabbath structure and its unexpected influence in Baker's catalogue. 3 stars.

Track 6- Somate I, could be set in the dark/drone/shoegaze/noise styling, yet its unfriendliness is close to RiO's standards. 3.5 stars.

Track 7- Somate II, still runs on its sibling direction but offers a more polished "roughness" and experimental focus that could turn to be the delight of any RiO's or AV's follower. 4 stars

Track 8- Quer, returns to the heavy prog mode and proposes a more Aidan Baker approach, therefore its uniqueness overshadows its rootings and offers in return an extraordinary (but kind of short) sonic experience. 3.5 stars.

Resolut, the closing 9th track, probably this work's best track, moves between all the previous track's stylistic elements, transmuting them into a single, perfectly balanced and flawless composition. 5 stars.

Adding up these abstact numberings > 2/3s + 2/3.5s + 3/4s + 1/4.5 + 1/5 equals **** 4 PA stars.

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