Laub is the German duo of vocalist Antye Greie-Fuchs
and keyboardist Jotka (Juergen Kuehn).
On the mini-album Miniversum (Kitty-Yo, 1997) and the album
Kopflastig (Kitty-Yo, 1997)
they concoct inventive rhythms and alien textures, not unlike compatriotes
Mouse On Mars and
To Rococo Rot, but enhanced by
Bjork-like song structures.
Tritop is a side project (AGF, Jotka and Marko Timlin) that plays dance-music on
the EP Reume/Kai (Infrcom, 1998) and on the album
Rosenwinkel (Infracom, 1998). Timlin then left and was replaced by
Sebastian Vogel and Tritop became again Laub.
Unter anderen Bedingungen als Liebe (Kitty-Yo, 1999) is their most
accomplished work, with the 14-minute suite Grau.
Intuition (Kitty-Yo, 1999) is the remix album.
Laub pared down again to the original duo for
Filesharing (Kitty-Yo, 2002), a work that
departs from the creative structures and rhythms of their earlier
works and sails towards a calmer pop-soul genre.
The duo of Antye Greie-Fuchs and Jotka have the talent and the background to
fuse pop and glitch music, particularly in gentle lullabies such as
Wortspur. Unfortunately, it sounds like most of the material on this
album was not carefully composed, arranged or performed.
It sounds like it was assembled in a hurry to put out an album, when
an EP would have been enough.
Antye Greie-Fuchs (or AGF) has released the solo albums
Head Slash Bauch (Orthlorng Musork, 2002) and
Westernization Completed (Orthlorng Musork, 2003), that contain
cubist puzzles of voice and rhythm as if she had
shuffled the chronology of a stream of consciousness.
The former employs lyrics based on software data, whereas the latter has
more personal stories to tell.
Her vocal style is recitation rather than singing, somewhere between
Brecht's theater and a chanteuse's movie.
Both albums are erudite, replete with references to the literary, artistic
and musical avantgarde. The latter is perhaps more emotional.
Rhythms (mostly fractured, distorted, morphed) are employed only to the extent to grant menacing (ambientTRUST and MYpatch)
or disorienting (PRIVATEbirds, chorizon) qualities to her futuristic collages.
If youSTOP and contemporaryWESTERNIZED approach the format of
the pop-soul ballad, it is only because the rest inhabits a distant stylistic
galaxy, where genres are diffracted by several layers of time warping.
AGF's Language Isw The Most (Quecksilber, 2004) documents a live
was a collaboration with Vladislav Delay.
Nature Never Produces the Same Beat Twice (Nexsound, 2006)
was a (minimal) collaboration with Ukrainian composer Zavoloka in which AGF
only offers her voice.
Deinetwegen (2006) was a blues album.
AGF's Mini Movies (Asphodel, 2006) was a collaboration between Antye Greie-Fuchs and San Francisco's multi-media artist Sue Costabile, and, musically, it mainly consisted of sendups of soul ballads.
AGF's Words Are Missing (AGF, 2008)
espressionist art rooted in the vocabularies of
industrial, techno and ambient music. Her vocal expressions have become more
and more metaphysically rudimentary and
drowned in Delay-like digital structures (Presswehen).
Lappetites' Before The Libretto (Quecksilber, 2005) was a collaboration among Elaine Radigue (France), Kaffe Matthews (Britain), Ryoko Kuwajima (Japan), and Antye Greie-Fuchs (Germany), basically a multinational laptop quartet ranging in age from the 70-year old Radigue to the Japanese teenager.
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