MEBITEK – “Ostalgie” Album Review (dark ambient)

Anyone who has followed us for some time, knows that we here at are big fans of found sounds and audio samples incorporated into dark ambient and noise music. Throw in some German themes and we’re already fans.

Nevertheless, coming to us from Italy is a project called MEBITEK and their half hour-long release, Ostalgie. “In German culture, “Ostalgie” is nostalgia for aspects of life in DDR. It is a portmanteau of the German words Ost (east) and Nostalgie (nostalgia).”The album contains three parts as follows:

01. Berlin Radio International (00:00 – 05:20)
02. Der Ostalgieschritt (05.20 – 17:03)
03. Modulpropaganda (17:03 – 28:24)

The first part of the album begins with what sound like some radio samples. Apparently all voices are from original soviet and DDR footage and radio. So that explains it.

After a slowly-fluctuating wave of hollow dark ambient, the volume picks up for some more cavernous, intense and uncomfortable feel. It’s a faster pace we are carried through like we are going through some hollow mountain on a haunted train. Pretty good mix of dark ambient, drone sounds and some slight noisy nuances. All of the music has been produced on modular synthesizers. It shows.

The last part of the album is definitely creepier especially with the incorporated radio samples. (Somehow that’s always unnerving and the artist successfully uses this to his advantage.) We find ourselves feeling more alone and paranoid in a subterranean, cavernous bad dream seemingly difficult to escape. But then with this cinematic atmosphere, do we really want to? The adding of intensity in the undercurrents is a great way to close out the album.

Italy is churning out some fantastic dark ambient and this is no exception. I can’t wait to see what the artist does next. Go support.

Bandcamp Bio: “From the acid and dusty factories of the electronic underground, through the devastated and pure immacolated nature of Sardinia, an explosion of anger and melancholy darkness transforms electronics into a cinematic orchestra. This is Mebitek, the manufactured experience.”

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