Pax Americana

Album Review of Pax Americana by André Bratten.

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Pax Americana

André Bratten

Pax Americana by André Bratten

Release Date: Jun 28, 2019
Record label: Smalltown Supersound
Genre(s): Electronic, Techno, Club/Dance, Experimental Techno, Experimental Electro

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Pax Americana - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

While it might've made sense to peg André Bratten as a nu-disco producer in 2013, when his first album was issued by Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label, he quickly moved beyond that sound with his successive releases. Following 2015's Gode, a much darker full-length which seemed to completely shun any notion of DJ friendliness, rather opting for a more expressive form of doomy downtempo and abstract techno, Bratten moved from the city of Oslo to a suburb, and he completely rebuilt his studio, restructuring all of his analog music equipment. A series of limited 12" singles appeared, and some of these tracks resurface on Pax Americana.

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Exclaim - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

A relatively new arrival to Norway's cosmic disco galaxy, Oslo-based André Bratten distinguished himself early with a decidedly darker and more ominous take on the style's usual freewheeling nature, often taking inspiration from more serious, down-to-earth political issues. (The Gode LP, from 2015, takes as its theme the hardships of Norway's rural population during the early 20th century, for instance.)   With a title like Pax Americana, it's clear Bratten has some extra-musical topics on his mind — the title track was recorded ….

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