MIT - Coda (Half Machine)
01 May 2008
"you feel that between the swirling of synths and the incomprehensible barking orders form an unnamed source, you've likely just been ordained into some unholy cult..."; release - '08
German electronic music can mean one of two things- either a sometimes niche but well respected genre where its listeners can wax lyrical for hours about its heritage, or it can reference the odd dubious euro hit that has, on occasion, sauntered into our top 10. Luckily for listeners, MIT do not follow the path of the latter. However neither do they take their well referenced musical heritage and run full steam in a new and exciting direction. No, Coda is exactly as it initially promises- very electronic and very German.
Sure, so you don't speak the language, but when MIT are shouting, you will dance. This is perhaps the most important underpinning feature that runs throughout Coda. As with many electronic masterpieces, by the end of the album, you feel that between the swirling of synths and the incomprehensible barking orders form an unnamed source, you've likely just been ordained into some unholy cult. Coda is not for the weak minded or singles lover, this is an all encompassing music marathon with most tracks just shy of a 5 minute run. The feeling is not epic, rather just a continuous flow that you suspect- if pesky management hadn't stepped in- the band could've kept up for a few weeks solid, at least.
However, that's not to say there aren't stand out moments in the listings. The opening track 'Beispeil', is an intro like no other, building into a fury of all MIT's elements which will remain- all be it in a more subdued manner- throughout the remainder of songs. 'Rauch' provides perfect club dance floor fodder, and feeds into closing title track 'Coda', a heavily electronic conclusion to what 'Beispeil' began.
If you like intelligent, German electronic music, akin to MIT's influences who are too obvious to list, Coda will be a welcome addition to you collection. If you don't, but are feeling brave- let MIT give you your marching orders, if they can't keep you moving, no one will.