Pole is a German guy named Stefan Betke who uses a defective audio gizmo to generate random squelches and pops that he then loops into these kind of skipping-record rhythm sections, which he then expands with out-of-focus bass lines and effects. Once you get past the metal-machine-music gimmick, you realize Betke is really a purist at heart. The underwater melodies over hissy rhythms on these simultaneous debut discs are as simple as they are utterly original.
CD1 is more raw, with wandering explorations; CD2 is more polished and songlike. In either case, Betke finds something familiar, even comforting, in these islands of misfit frequencies.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.