The International Nothing – Just None of Those Things (Ftarria, CD/digital)

The »psychoacoustic« clarinet duo The International Nothing is made up of the Berlin artists Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke, who obviously have more in common than just their sparkling linguistic wit. »Just None of Those Things« is a long composition rich in detail that shows the two of them at their—literally—dizzying best. Who is playing where and are those really just two clarinets? Questions over questions, but in the end there is only one certainty: this is the most elegant, meticulous musical mindfuck of the year.