*2024 stock* Mareena is a DJ and runs her own ambient label Unrush, and JakoJako, also a DJ, recently released an EP on Mute. Two years ago, they made a joint album "Atlas Der Gedanken" available digitally, on which the two artists dedicate themselves to their interpretation of ambient.
For "Atlas Der Gedanken", JakoJako worked exclusively with modular synthesizers, while Mareena made music with digital production software. Their oscillating sounds and pulsating rhythms take us into the vastness of the world and the depths of the self; if you close your eyes while listening, you look outwards and inwards at the same time. Thus, the "Atlas of Thoughts" is also the best update of psychedelic music that we currently possess: There is no longer any difference here between the familiar and the strange.
The centrepiece of the album, "Mut Zur Wahrheit", plunges heavy, whispered truths into gloomy depths. It is worlds away from the spirited ping-pong percussion of "Sinnessprung" and the bright, optimistic sounds that follow, but shows the impressive range of a duo that primarily creates atmospheric, hypnotic soundscapes that have a consciously decelerating effect on the listener.