Artist: Felix Kubin
Title: Matki Wandalki
Label: A-Musik (DE)
Format: CD/12" LP
Catalog: a27 / a27v
Release Date: 2004
Order: stora

Old School? New School? In reality, both are just a question of orchestral and sound preference. The free spirit, in this case, decides for No School: for only from the fragments of No (ie. No Wave in reference to No New York) new forms can originate. And, at best, No would also imply idiosyncratic wanking and autodidactic self-empowerment.

As 11-year-old pre-teen, this Gyro Gearloose of pataphysical sound Felix Kubin not only sought for self-satisfaction with his legendary child-band Die Egozentrischen 2 but also instigated the first folk synthesiser against its own instruction manual (of course in accordance with the zeitgeist at that time). The result was an elevated monstrosity from a merciless rage-experiment with frightening precociousness. All at the peak of the Neue Deutsche Welle...

Thank god that today, more than two decades later, there is no stopping this former wunderkind! Admittedly, the mischievous demolition of pop structures, which was once attributed to a juvenile Berserkerdom, has since then evolved into a more conscious Dada-Hooliganism. Or - to put it simple with the metaphor of the album title - it turned into the Mothers of Destruction (in Polish: Matki Wandalki = Vandalizing Mothers).

The fact that the anaemic ghost of deconstruction does not spoil the 13 tracks on this CD must have to do with Felix: abstruse humour. Like his love of sounds, the hum of Kubin's cosmos is powerfully distinct. It reminds (not only) me of Chekoslovakian animation films and even the electro-acoustic sound experiments of the fifties avant-garde long before their development into pop.

Matki Wandalki unites several pairs of aesthetic contradictions. Abstract Darmstadt goes Pop. The result is a witty Musique Concrete and something that I can only interpret as program-music without a narrative program.
That by such cheerful science he would also come out with a real hit for the possible Web-Nerds-Casting-Show (Hit Me Provider) is no surprise for me. On the contrary, it's ever more pleasing. With it Felix should finally be making the well deserved dough...As for me, I just can't leave him out of Pop...No School? Better this: Own School! Class Kubin!

- Fritz Ostermayer


1 Wirbelwind am Manual 
2 Menthol Radio Swing
3 Too Technical 
4 This is no dream 
5 Lumiére Belge
6 Agenten des Schlafes 
7 Fernwärme Wien 
8 Hissi Hissi 
9 Matki Wandalki 
10 Wir alle sind Qualle (Lyrics by Masahiro Taniya) 
11 Psyko Billy 
12 Hit me provider

CD bonus track

13. Hello  

Pitchfork (US) August 2004
Espiello (ES) Spring/Summer 2004
Szene Hamburg (DE) May 2004

Felix Kubin
Sci-Fi Pop, Radio Plays, Sound Art, Chamber Music