Release Date: Nov 25, 2014
Record label: Magazine
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
"Try to walk a straight line in circles." It sounds like a prompt from Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies, but really it's the artist Barnt, aka Daniel Ansorge, explaining his creative process in an interview with Amsterdam's Trouw nightclub. "It's like our love for the blue ribbon in the sky," he continues. "Do we want to catch it? Or do we want to let it fly away?" It's not surprising to hear Ansorge speak in riddles and abstractions, because the trappings of his music follow suit.
There's something to be said for the similarity between techno aesthetics and generic "no name" brands. Think about the white label phenomenon that swept the genre a few years ago—the music was supposedly at its purest when presented in a utilitarian form. Barnt's debut album, titled simply after its catalogue number, has a similar whiff of slightly pretentious unpretentiousness.