Ellen Allien & Apparat, Orchestra Of Bubbles

Todd Burns

By Todd Burns

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Anyone previously familiar with either Ellen Allien & Apparat before Orchestra Of Bubbles could hardly have predicted that the duo would come up with a modern masterpiece of electro-pop. But apparently that's what happens when you combine stuttery electro-house and pop-inflected IDM.

Two of German techno’s leading lights collaborate, creating a modern electronic masterpiece.

You can hear both in abundance on opener “Turbo Dreams,” which weds an ascending bassline to an irrepressible melody and lockstep beat. Hot on its heels, “Way Out” showcases the pop in Apparat's arsenal. He gets Allien behind the mic (a familiar place for her on her own solo work as well) and pairs her with distorted guitars and a percolating 4/4 stomp. Meanwhile, “Rotary” seems to be more of an Allien composition: it takes nearly the same backing track as “Way Out” and adds nothing, simply letting the hypnotic loops unfurl their magic.

It works — and so does Orchestra. Apparat's Walls and Allien's Thrills further prove that each artist has grown leaps and bounds in the past few years. So let's hope that Orchestra is only the beginning of a lengthy collaboration, instead of a “lightning-in-a-bottle” one-off.