New Frequencies Vol. 3
CD, News Music, 2018
The third volume in the series (kicked off in 2010) sees Robert Schroeder moving further into the domain of contemporary up-tempo, melodic electronics with various vocal samples along a distinct groovy as well as loungy touch.
Its lushness and airiness also remind slightly of the 12 inches he once made, but now implemented into transparent and peppier sound design carrying along the typical Schroeder audio print. Synthetic brass players fly by On “Time Transfer” and “Faces” while some elements of “Around the World” link back to his last few studio albums. The soft bouncy “Space Horses” is the only take of the 10 tracks containing a special charm for me due to its more gentle, smooth and less prominent character. Contrary to that Robert really takes things too far on the superficial track “House Music” found at the tail of the 65-minute release.
In the end I can’t say this third chapter of post modern e-music -different from Schroeder’s usual EM work same as the previous volumes- is my cup of tea.