i felt in love with michaela melian's cd baden-baden.
i found a web-page (www.barcodezine.com/revmichaelamelianba ... 122004.htm
) from which i lend the following critic:
Michaela MeliÃ¡n was founder member of the band F.S.K., who were apparently the late John Peelâ€™s second favourite band of all time. Baden Baden meanwhile is MeliÃ¡n`s first solo album, which comprises a mixture of clubby techno beats and ambient electronica. This album is definitely a grower, as MeliÃ¡n surrounds her strong, bass driven compositions with minimalist melodies that stay long in the memory.
The opening music box chimes of Brautlied are a good example, and this is followed by the slow building, resonant tones of Strasse, a tightly claustrophic track with multi-layered deep strings and a remorseless, unrelenting slow beat. On this evidence, MeliÃ¡n is certainly not one to pander to the commerciality of a welcoming atmosphere. The lengthiest track on the album, Panorama, follows, and again it makes for compulsive listening, as the mood is significantly lightened to allow for the use of strummed acoustic guitar and strings that are higher up the scale. Meanwhile, a throbbing bass line groove drags along a dull thudding beat as the track morphs from a pleasant ambient abode to a weird, drug-induced delirium.
My favourite track on Baden Baden has to be Ignaz Guenther House, which uses instrumentation that is already familiar to the album to produce further tense grooves, this time backed by eloping looped piano spills and a forever-evolving clacking beat. The title track keeps up the persistently dark mood of the album, until A Song For Europe (a Roxy Music cover) closes, with MeliÃ¡nâ€™s curiously detached vocal making for intriguing listening.
MeliÃ¡n is certainly a woman of significant character and self-confidence, ably demonstrated on this debut. Baden Baden is one of those albums that is inexplicably good, although MeliÃ¡n's achievement is perhaps more understandable when armed with the knowledge that she also works as a visual artist.
i can't describe it better.
look, listen and vibrate.