Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Asmus Tietchens - Litia (1983)

Five years on from Liliental, Hamburger Asmus Tietchens took a decisive turn in his fledgling solo career by signing to Sky Records and recording a quartet of albums that remain his best known and arguably most accessible work.

All four (Biotop, Spät-Europa, In Die Nacht and Litia) are worth a listen.  Going through these in order traces Tietchens' development from pointedly short pieces that sound like a sort of feral Cluster responding to the NDW movement, to trying out longer tracks and an expanded synth palate on In Die Nacht, to finally finding (IMO) the perfect balance with Litia, which is the one I keep coming back to. 'Unterhaltsmusik' is my personal favourite here - just before the minute mark, a gorgeous major-key melody breaks through the harsh, metallic clouds.

After Litia, Tietchens would take a sharp left turn into electroacoustic experimentation, but the Sky era did leave over an album's worth of offcuts that are now available as Der Fünfte Himmel (5th sky - geddit?).

Litia Rodarte-Quayle, Madrigal Electromotive GmbH 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Alan.
    Very nice blog.
    Jan from the Netherlands