Heinrich Dressel
Sighing The Melodies Thru The Graves


Very cryptic mini-LP from Mannequin from the elusive Henrich Dressel (apparently inspired by the name of a ‘pioneering German archaelogist.’ No connection to Jurgen Muller, as far as I know). “Sighing Melodies Thru the Graves” is a disco-infused affair full of insanely catchy hooks and dance grooves. Tunes like “The Fifty Days of Mighty Lunacy” and “The Black Radiant Sky” definitely tread in the same waters that Drexciya call home, but Dressel adds an Italo touch that helps set them apart. His basslines are, generally, pretty simple, but that is also their strength. It’s always the bass on these tunes that keeps this space trek moving forward and it’s the bass lines, not the melody, that lodge firmly in your brain. The vocoder action on the title track, in conjunction with the beat and synth leads, remindsd me a lot of that somewhat corny (but totally fucking great) Droids “Star Peace” album from the late 70s. In fact, that record may be the best jumping off point for Dressel’s work here and for my money, there’s nothing wrong with that. “Sighing Melodies Thru the Graves” is a hell of a lot of fun. - Brad Rose, Experimedia