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Wieman - The Classics AlbumWieman - The Classics Album
karu:30, CD (digipak)
5 audio tracks, (p) 2014
Release date: 04/07/2014

Future Classic Meltpop

The Classics Album promises to become a classic meltpop album. What, don't know what meltpop is? Meltpop is what Wieman and its earlier incarnation Zèbra do: complex constructions that can at time sound like pop/dance songs, made entirely out of samples drawn from a very specific and predetermined corpus. More insidious than plunderphonics, rounder around the edges than sound collage, and infinitely trickier than a DJ set!
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1 With a lat of verve 08:24
mp3 / m3u
2 The king ist queer 08:16
3 The lady es a tramp 04:19
4 Mega decontructed live wish 07:12
5 Do you have ElP 16:41


Press quotes

Wieman transforms songs into a digital soup of samples that move from thin aqueous dreams to a kind of jerky data-noise disco.
MOJO, October 2014

The feel is often exhilarating and finds a perfect resolution in an astronomical final, where you'd find Goem, with this beat slowly absorbed into a bottomless well of echoes.
DMUTE, September 2014

The pieces are constantly shifting, denying and defying genres, digging from the past to create their strange new worlds and reminding us that in 2014 all sounds are forever up for grabs. Ambient can become disco, classical can become noise, and songs with the words 'symphony', 'overture', 'fanfare' and 'rhapsody' in the title can become meltpop.
CYCLIC DEFROST, September 2014

Frans de Waard, Roel Melkoop, two digital artisans who build pieces of fragmented noise from the auditory confusion to the chaos of modern life, nothing more than a reflection of it.
HAWÁI, September 2014

Wíeman painstakingly glue collages, melting them in the fire of their boundless imagination and creating an entirely new product.
DARK ROOM RITUALS, September 2014

There is a lot to shout about along the way that does elevate "The Classics Album" as an art form in its own right.
BLACK AUDIO, August 2014

The wide range of samples are treated masterfully.
LOOP, August 2014

Fully delightful.
NOWA MUZYKA, July 2014

A more than successful experiment, clear recommendation.
MUSIK AN SICH, July 2014

This first album as Wieman is a masterful continuation of Zebrá. A first class exercise in sonic abstraction.

And albeit it remains unclear whether this specific predetermination specifically influenced the sound of the five tracks to be found on "The Classics Album" it's quite remarkable how the results turn out here.

Expect a classy epic but demanding journey.