Release Date: Jan 27, 2015
Record label: Thrill Jockey
The third volume in a series cataloging Jan St. Werner's more experimental output, Miscontinuum Album is a more ambitious and fleshed-out work than the other Fiepblatter releases. However, it's just as challenging in its own way: previously performed as an opera and a radio play, it uses its 85-minute scope to explore the gaps and loops in how we make memories and perceive time.
Jan St. Werner's Miscontinuum Album is one of those rare records—rare in experimental music, anyway—that needs no context in order to be appreciated, enjoyed, and absorbed. It's all there, right in front of you; to take it in requires only attention and an open mind. That might sound counterintuitive, given the record's actual backstory: It stems from an electronic opera written and performed by St.
Jan St. Werner is plunging further into the abyss of electronic music. What does that mean, exactly? Five minutes alone with Miscontinuum Album will answer that question. This is a strange album, built only with the most isolationist musical prose and spoken word passages that are so vague that they might as well not exist at all.