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romanglass
10 December 2011 @ 04:46 pm
After a month of listening to Apparatjik's new album, I am still having a difficult time putting my finger on what it is I like so much about it. I don't find it as addictive as 'We Are Here'; I listened to 'We Are Here' almost exclusively for weeks after it was released, whereas I usually only listen to 'Square Peg In A Round Hole' somewhere in my daily mix of music.

'We Are Here' got way under my skin, and captured my imagination, and still has a kind of insistent quality to it. It practically forced itself into my brain, which was fun but (as I said back then) left me feeling a bit compulsive listening to it so much. The difference with 'Square Peg In A Round Hole' is it's perhaps more fluid - the tracks are just as compelling musically, but they surround me without grabbing me.

That almost sounds like I don't like it, doesn't it? But I mean it in a good way, for me the key is the 'surrounding' part, not necessarily the 'grabbing' part. For example, I still wrap 'A Dot Of Black In The Blue Of Your Bliss' around me like a blanket on a semi-regular basis, I feel a deep affinity for the songs, but I don't feel 'driven' to listen to them.

Anyway, I recently spent almost an entire day with 'Square Peg In A Round Hole' in the background, and now I have very specific associations with each track. This makes it such a pleasure to listen to, more personal in a way.

‘Square Peg in a Round Hole’ Tracklist:

01. Time Police (3:23) Discussion | | Listen
02. Sequential (3:18) Discussion | | Listen
03. Your Voice Needs Subtitles (4:04) Discussion | |Listen
04. Signs of Waking Up (3:36) Discussion | | Listen
05. Pakt (1:25) Discussion | | Listen
06. Combat Disco Music (3:42) Discussion | | Listen
07. Do It Myself (3:07) Discussion | | Listen
08. .,,. (dot comma comma dot) (5:13) Discussion | | Listen
09. (Don’t Eat The Whole) Banana (3:23) Discussion | | Listen
10. Gzmo (4:14) Discussion | | Listen
11. Super-positions (1:31) Discussion | | Listen
12. Control Park (3:51) Discussion | | Listen

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I won't go through all the songs here, but overall the album is good dance music and I'd love to hear the songs live. We don't have any indication of upcoming Apparatjik concerts though, but according to rumor, Magne told some fans that (1) Graz was the last time the cube would be used at performances and (2) he wouldn't be working on any music apart from Apparatjik in the near future. So...hopefully there will be one or two Apparatjik shows in 2012, it will be interesting to see what they do without the cube. But...it seems that those of us hoping for another Magne F solo album have an indefinite wait ahead of us :-\

And speaking of concerts, last weekend when I was in Oslo for the a-ha fan party, people kept asking each other if they would be traveling for any solo shows by MH next year. Unfortunately I only have two weeks of vacation a year, and just one international trip can easily take up half of that. So if I do travel I need to choose carefully - it would be a shame to go to a MH concert in spring and then find out about a cool Apparatjik event later in the year that I couldn't go to.

Before I close, I want to be sure to link to a couple of official updates about the 'Square Peg In A Round Hole' album:

11/22/2011 | | 11/29/2011 | | 12/06/2011

The highlights are:

"The first widely released Apparatjik album produced by you, our comrades.

The committee has just released the first of 11 versions of the album in our iPad magazine 'Apparatjik World'.
other releasings. 11 more times. other placings. informations soon."

and

"on 131211 you get

ALBUM DRAFT ONE

committee would like you to do special testings"

So it seems there will be some kind of update on Tuesday for those who have liked the post on the Apparatjik Facebook page. Stay tuned!