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Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters - Underrated Silence


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I mentioned this collab. album in a thread in this forum for Ulrich Schnauss' solo album, which will be released in the first quarter of next year. Here's a sampler he's put up of some of the music from the album: http://soundcloud.com/bureau-1/ulrich-schnauss-mark-peters


There is also a free download available from the same site of one of the tracks from the album, Gift Horse's Mouth, which I actually thought was a track from Ulrich's new solo effort, but I appear to have been wrong on that: http://soundcloud.com/bureau-1/gift-horses-mouth-video-edit


The following blurb is lifted from the page from the full track above





The musicians: Ulrich Schnauss, born in Kiel in 1977, now residing in London, three solo albums released to date, Engineers keyboard player and an in-demand remixer (Mojave 3, Depeche Mode, Lunz/Roedelius, to name just a few). Mark Peters, born in Liverpool in 1975, bass player, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter in the British band Engineers, also three album releases to their name thus far.

The music: synthesizer, piano, guitar and drum computer, a reduced, yet bacchanal instrumental combination of ambient, electronica and shoegaze sounds.

Transporting the sound of shoegazer aesthetics into an electronic context – this is how Ulrich Schnauss once described his artistic goal. Influenced by bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins and Chapterhouse on the one hand, yet wholly at ease with the electronica of bands like The Orb, Bionaut, Orbital, 808 State and unequivocally appreciative of veterans of the genre, Tangerine Dream or Manuel Göttsching for example. A brother in spirit of Robin Guthrie one might say, an apposite epithet for Schnauss.

His collaborative partner Mark Peters might also be considered his soul brother. Through his band, Engineers, he has similarly found success in following in the footsteps of his musical paragons. Engineers have released wonderful albums of dream pop, infused with the same spirit as the solo efforts of Schnauss. Peters and Schnauss have been friends for many years and over a year ago, Schnauss joined the ranks of Engineers.

For the past couple of years, they have been meeting up sporadically and making music. The fruit of these sessions served as the basis for the ten tracks on this joint album. More used to traditional songwriting, the working process was new to Peters. In the absence of conventional structures, the sole aim of creating an atmosphere, was an approach he was somewhat unfamiliar with, but one he found liberating. Working only at night was a decisive factor for Peters, lending the music a somnambulant quality – an effect that was intentional, striving to create something which cannot be ascribed to a particular musical category or zeitgeist. A challenge achieved with great success!

For Schnauss meanwhile, conjuring up an atmosphere through music is the most normal thing in the world: he creates music for those little escapes. Headphones on and slip away from reality. His highly praised debut album "Far Away Trains Passing By" from the year 2001 is a masterful demonstration of his art. He has remained true to his mode d’emploi ever since: elaborate electronic layers of sound, elastic drum computer rhythms and drifting synthesizer textures are typical Schnauss hallmarks. On this latest album, Schnauss brings the piano more into play than usual, which enhances the overall impression splendidly.

"Underrated Silence" is a quiet album for the most part. Its multi-layered fabric reveals something new every time one listens to it, a wealth of fresh discoveries, new rhythms emerging from the sound cloud, hitherto unnoticed melodies illuminating the background. Schnauss and Peters have crafted music which is enchanting in the truest sense of the word, shimmering sounds, floating echoes, rhythmically reverberant chords which wrap themselves around the listener, lifting him into a state of suspension and carrying him gently away.

Released by: Bureau B

Release/catalogue number: BB094/4047179624428

Release date: Feb 3, 2012

ISRC: DE-LI5-11-00606

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This is available now. Not had a chance to listen to it yet as I've only been able to find it as a physical copy outside of i-tunes (got it ordered - first CD I've bought in ages), but looking forward to it.

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This record is so good I can't stop listening to it. And the vinyl comes with the cd included. I wish they had done the same with their Roedelius reissues.

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