The first thing that came to mind when I started listening to this album was: 'this is either uptempo ambient or techno-trance without beats'. The uptempo part is quite interesting. It pushes the ambient genre into a very playful and enjoyable direction. Quite like on the previous album, Benjamin Finger loves to experiment and deviate. If you put analog beats under this music, some of these songs might become summer-hits for Ibiza discotheques but he refuses to do that. In stead, he focuses on a dreamy atmosphere.
It's not that there's absolutely no percussion present on this album. It is there but it's a lot deeper. Besides, it's distorted, delayed and takes on some very unexpected forms. Over these bizarre rhythmic elements a number of soundscapes, vocal samples and strange musical elements float freely without ever resulting in chaos. Here and there, especially in 'Dubstore Light' I'm reminded of the Berlin School where Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schülze were headmasters.
'Motion Reverse' can indeed be seen as a throwback, where Finger shows his rough side but on the same time this album is a step forward into the world of obscure and strange ambient music. Where the previous album showed some signs of radio-friendliness, 'Motion Reverse' shows little of that. Also the dark jazz or film noir references I mentioned in the previous review are completely gone (except maybe in 'Spacecore Dust', which is an amazing track). Although I liked these elements, I don't really miss them.
Another desciption I just made up: 'In-your-face-ambient-music'. Many ambient albums focus on a smooth, soothing and calm sound with elaborate soundscapes and little to no rhymth. 'Motion Reverse' grabs your attention, takes you on a strange, often uneasy journey and lets you experience unimaginable things while still offering a save haven for the listener. 'Sunny Echoes' is a great example of this uneasiness. It combines two very different rhythms, leaving the listener a bit confused.
The world of Benjamin Finger is definitely one I'd like to dig into. We're dealing with an exceptional musical mind here. One that refuses to follow rules and guidelines. One that constantly finds new ways to express itself. Like I mentioned in the previous review I wrote for this brilliant artist, this is a process that I can only applaude. To take the glorification of Benjamin Finger even further: this album will probably become a big influence on my own next release...