Michael Klüg is a solo electronic artist from Midland, Michigan who recently released Distance Inevitable EP. It’s a lonely, isolating journey through these songs but that's what Klüg intended. There are some good and occasionally great ideas but sometimes Klüg doesn’t have as much success with the implementation.
Klüg definitely has his own singing style but I couldn’t make out the lyrics. Some of this has to do with the production aesthetics but some of it has to do with his delivery. His singing is very monotone and quite often sounds as if he is mumbling. The music is dark, often inventive but I wish it wasn’t so muddy.
The EP starts off with “Perpendicular Bisector (Closer Than Ever).” He combines bass, loose percussive elements and arpeggiating synths. He sings, “Maybe I don't want / To forget / We can't let this shatter / What kind of silly pretending is this?“ The song delivers in terms of the journey it is supposed to take you on through loneliness and isolation.
If you thought his vocals were hard to understand on the first song just take a listen to “Distance Inevitable (Just A Ploy).” He covers his vocals in an ample amount of reverb and sounds like a crying ghost in the background. His lyrics are ambiguous and poetic. He sings, “Sit there / And throw your innards / A wailing violin / Emotion emoting / Tangible harmony / Your vibrations shake / The fabric of my bed sheets / Rustle with every twist / And turn of melancholy.”
“Revolver (Where Did It Go?)” is an ambient piece that touts a steady low hanging bass drum and ominous pads while Klüg moans like a dark spirit who haunts your soul. “Spinning (Endlessly)” contains the most inventive music on the EP. The twitch-worthy beats are hypnotic to say the least.
He closes with “Distant (The Void)” which is almost completely atmospheric. It was thematic and probably could work in a low budget horror flick.
Klüg displays a couple of inspired moments but still needs to do some tweaking especially when it comes to his singing. Distance Inevitable is a solid effort but I think he is capable of more.
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