Far away trains passing by
CD, Domino, 2001/2005
This is the first release of the skilled German ambient musician Ulrich Schnauss.
Listening to the stunning music on "Far Away Trains passing by" is a great experience, as it feels like a movie-experience . The album contains six tracks of warm, nicely layered textures, rhythms and bass grooves which breathe a beautiful and strong melancholic feel.
The introspective, lush compositions reflect certain loneliness and longing for that is difficult to describe in words. A good example of this is heard on "Nobody’s Home" next to the great tracks "Molfsee", "..Passing By" and "Knudelmaus". Overall, this is an album of melodic IDM creating a fantastic laidback atmosphere.
The cd was re-released in the USA with a bonus-cd containing six additional songs, which continue in the same manner. Especially "Suddenly the trees are giving way" sounds like a mature track that –by whatever reason- didn’t make it to the original album. A few tracks on this disc contain some occasional wordless singing.
Make sure to pick your copy of this excellent release.