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Ulrich Schnauss - A Long Way to Fall

Ulrich Schnauss
A Long Way to Fall

Scripted Realities/Domino, 2013

It is with great delight that we welcome Ulrich Schnauss into the Just Music fold as publishers of his long-awaited new album, A Long Way To Fall (Domino).

German-born electronic artist Ulrich Schnauss' fourth album returns to the punchier rhythms and pronounced lead work of his landmark album, A Strangely Isolated Place, while incorporating some new textures and sounds from his earlier sonic explorations.

Throughout the last decade Ulrich Shnauss has produced three albums which perfectly captured his vision of taking the 90's 'Shoegaze' aesthetic and placing it into an electronic context. With the new album 'A Long Way To Fall' Ulrich felt the need to change and explore new avenues. The result is an album still rich in texture and sonics but somehow cleaner, it celebrates the synthesiser but retains a human quality and an open structure to the songs without the need to smother the sounds with walls of echo and reverb. The album is most definitely still an Ulrich Shnauss album however and retains a certain sound and production sheen that could only be Ulrich. He has managed to create a record that has a coherent, cohesive narrative while managing to avoid leaning towards any genre cliches like 'shoegaze' 'electronica' or 'edm'.

"More than modern mood music, A Long Way to Fall is the crest of a sonic mountain that hasn’t previously been explored quite so thoroughly." - The Arts Desk 4/5

7/10 - Drowned in Sound