Endless Summer | Editions Mego  
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 2, 2007
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Originally released in 2001, this fuzzed-out masterpiece by the Vienna-based Christian Fennesz is finally back in print, with two bonus tracks, a snazzy new cover, and a sharper mix from Fennesz himself. Endless Summer was a turning point in experimental electronic music, the moment when melody and cacophony learned to love one another. Though the title is a nod to the Beach Boys, the album owes more to My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain, a lineage made evident by the fuzzy guitars and clicks and loops hovering above a distant pop landscape on “Shisheido.” But on tracks like “A Year in a Minute,” the ambient nature of the work persists, evoking a mood far more than a thought. But that’s exactly what makes Endless Summer so revolutionary: though it’s electronic, the music here is alive. It may be unsettling and initially inaccessible, perhaps, but it comes across as human, breathing, and evolving. Don’t expect anything as easy on the ears as the Postal Service, but given the chance, there’s a lot of pleasure to be found in this abstract work of art.
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