On the outskirts of Berlin lies a complex of dilapidated hospital buildings called Beelitz-Heilstätten. Notorious ex-patients include Adolf Hitler and East Germany’s last Communist leader, Erich Honecker. Its dark history and current decay is the inspiration for the latest project from The Field’s Axel Willner, a beautiful but sinister exercise in mechanical rhythms and rich, undulating drone punctuated by distant voices. There are just four tracks but they unfurl over 40 minutes. ‘Beelitz-Heilstätten pt 6’ has a pressing-plant groove softened by fuzzy ambient hum, while ‘Beelitz-Heilstätten pt 7’ is like Boards Of Canada stripped of melody and bolstered by echoey tribal drums. This is some of Willner’s most enriching and captivating work yet.
File under Haunting ambient/drone
Download ‘Beelitz-Heilstätten pt 6’, ‘Beelitz-Heilstätten pt 7’
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