Philipp Otterbach – The Rest is Bliss
Knekelhuis presents this beguiling red-velvet-curtain-reveal on the work of Philipp Otterbach. Original resident at Dusseldorf’s Salon des Amateurs, where he organized the Substance parties over the years with Vladimir Ivkovic; and with releases on Grokenberger Records and Tour Messier; Otterbach’s latest outing is pure intrigue, a surprising post-everything journey for those whose minds are preternaturally cracked open. It’s both bodily and feelingful, especially in the epic piece “The Weak Song,” sending shivers along spines with its spoken word realness and theatrical ambient backdrop (probing one eloquent bandcamp supporter to comment that it “grips you where it hurts, and it hurts so good…”). There are dubby moments and IDM spells and even industrial hues in this expansive spaciousness that blow us away in their intricacy and openness.