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Once described as "the slowest band in the world", Bohren & der Club of Gore take pacing and atmosphere to an extreme. Their rich, gothic doom-jazz feels like staring through a stained glass window out onto rainy smokestacked city streets as shadowy figures slip down alleyways and stand waiting just outside of the streetlamps' illumination.
I've yet to come across a review that avoids comparisons to Angelo Badalementi's music for Twin Peaks, it really evokes some of those same feelings of lurking dread. All of Bohren's music occupies much of the same territory, as if The Necks were bound by ancient rites to never leave the hermitage, but that is not to say it isn't adventurous. It manages to avoid all the pitfalls of becoming lounge music and stay consistently interesting, even at its glacial pace. Patchouli Blue is hardly inaccessible either, it appeals with ease to the jazz fan, the ambient fan, the doom fan. And if, like us, you're in the center of that venn diagram, you're in for a treat.