Roger 23 cherishes the art of the understatement. A recording career spanning 13 years has seen him take his craftsmanship and knowledge to uninhibited club music highlights. An important thread throughout all his releases has always been a distinct feel for space and experiment. Mensch Musik is therefore proud to present the Mensch 001 LP, an album that focuses on Roger's experimental and ambient productions.
Featuring six tracks of downsized splendor, Mensch 001 is an intuitive listening trip that plays with repetition and abstraction. Melodic elements and spaced-out chords repeat themselves into mobile pauses. Narrative intentions are counterpointed with a sense of desertion and meaningful emptiness. Although drenched in musical history, the album sees Roger 23 make up a small and delicate musical universe for himself. Continuously refusing to bow to what is perceived to be musical relevance, these six tracks show an intent and intensity that is as undeniable as it is gratifying. Not afraid to take a stance, they are explorations of intuition taken to its natural conclusion. In the album's focus on the understatement lies the grandiose. A subtle and minimal way of producing gives way to the unaffected nature of these tracks. They are as they are, open-ended and privy to interpretation and exploration.
Mensch 001 is ambient music as it is seldom made. Effortless, yet deep. Intuitive, yet bearing a plethora of meanings. Its phased-out eccentricity leading the way, it is equally as confronting as it is soothing.
- Rafael Severi
A1_Thao-N-Y (Roger 23´s Twelve Re-Measures High Interpretation)
Concept by Stephan Barron
A2_On The Way I Crossed The Bridge With The Little Waterfall
Bild und Artwork_Marco Supernak