In his own words, Mr Schnauss describes his fourth release “A Long Way to Fall” as an album that would celebrate the synthesizer as the very capable musical instrument that it is, but without the need to disguise it behind a wall of echo and reverb.
Besides a vintage note, the instrumental newbie offers a bright and very detailed sounding blend of chill out melodic dreamy soundscapes and contemporary music containing quite some experimental and weird edges, while there’s still this beautiful sad, mourning feel found between the notes. The sparkling track “Like a ghost in your life” returns to the beauty that made his first two albums so memorable and special, and shines with joie de vivre despite the darker tone shining through on the whole album. With the synthesizer on the foreground and centre on the 60-minute record, Ulrich even hits a more aggressive and in-your face IDM sound on “I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance”, spiced with massive and deep bass grooves. Another notable track is the heart-felt “A Forgotten Birthday”.
“Borrowed Time” though is a weird and freaky track though, with its robotic beats and machine-like aura. Echoes of “Far Away Trains Passing by” pass by on “A Long Way to Fall”, although Mr Schnauss has started treating percussion in a different, more scattered manner in his vibrant and driving music.
Overall, the melodic electronica and texturally rich sounding “A Long Way to Fall” makes a solid and cohesive effort.
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