Ulrich Schnauss
A Long Way to Fall


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jake USER (31 Reviews)
January 21st, 2013 | 33 replies | 5,400 views


Release Date: 01/21/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ulrich Schnauss has a new style of sound and it sounds better than ever

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Ulrich Schnauss has always been an interesting electronic producer. His 2001 debut album Far Away Trains Passing By was his downtempo release and was by far his most productive and exciting, having us entranced in a dreamy melodic electronic reality. Almost as if you were given the ability to fly. His sophomore album A Strangely Isolated Place, released in 2003, was more reminiscent of early 90's shoegaze artists like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive with their extremely echoed and reverberated soundscapes. He still managed to incorporate a lot of tangy and extremely colorful electronic soundscapes around these influences, though. These two albums were extremely influential to the progression of electronic music and although they were a bit different in sound and mood, they both showcased his strongest ability: beautiful synth melodies. Songs like Knuddelmaus, Nobody’s Home and Gone Forever are perfect examples of this blissful sunny day experience featuring angelic synth melodies and catchy, chillout and down to earth beats. His 2007 album Goodbye was more reminiscent of psybient artists like Carbon Based Lifeforms and H.U.V.A Network with its more calming approach – even though it still had a large shoegaze approach. Although it was a good effort, it wasn’t nearly as powerful as his first two albums.

In 2012, Ulrich Schnauss paired up with Mark Peters to make Underrated Silence and while that was a fairly solid album, it didn’t compare to the godly mini near-masterpiece that was 77 - which was a collaboration with ASC. His collaboration with ASC changed the way he approached his music after that and it would all be revealed how he approached his sound on his 2013 album A Long Way to Fall.

With the shoegaze approach falling shortly behind on this album, A Long Way to Fall still keeps its chill out melodic dreamy soundscapes, but also maintains a sound almost identical to what he worked on with ASC. By saying this, he seems to go into the realm of IDM. I Take Comfort in Your Ignorance has more of a harsh IDM sound with melodies becoming more distorted and surrounding hypnotic beats becoming more and more intense by the minute. A Forgotten Birthday and Her and the Sea are songs that feature quick and “skippy” IDM beats that were not present on his early earlier material. Borrowed Time is a strange track as it has really robotic beats and quirky melodies that sounds like an underwater video game level on a Super Nintendo. Broken Homes is a somewhat convoluted track that seems to sprawl all over the place with beats that sound as if they’re falling down a staircase; this song is also one of the most confusing to grasp as it changes a few times and takes a while to really absorb. The two last tracks Ten Years and A Ritual In Time and Death both feature a mixture of dreamy lucid melodies and weird scatterbrained beats. A Ritual In Time and Death is probably the strongest track on the album and it features glitchy IDM beats and melodies that sound like they should be in a Super Smash Bros game.

Some might say that this new direction is simiar to IDM/ambient artists Proem or even Tapage and the organic feeling of it may even be similar to BT’s This Binary Universe. However, Ulrich Schnauss hasn’t completely changed in style. We still have him portraying a sound pretty much identical to what was on Far Away Trains Passing By with songs like A Long Way to Fall, Like A Ghost In your Own Life and The Weight of the Darkening Skies. To be honest, though, these songs are probably the weakest on the album as they show little enthusiasm compared to the rest of the album. Like A Ghost In your Own Life would probably have been better if it had built up to something instead of starting abruptly, but that is only a small gripe.

To be fair, the whole album seems to have just changed in the percussions. The melodies and song designs are still relatively the same, but the percussions are a lot more scatterbrained and vivid than his early 2000’s work and some people will like it more and some people will like it less.

However much he may have changed, though, – in this case, only slightly from his previous LP’s – Ulrich Schnauss still stays vibrant and lively as ever with this release featuring exquisite dreamy melodies and viscose scatterbrain beats that soar like an eagle in the sunny sky. One day this may become as strong as his two first albums, but for now, one can safely say that he is going in the right direction with this new leaf. With it, one can hope how much better he gets on the next album or EP.



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mindleviticus
January 21st 2013



8151 Comments


New album released today, and it rules :] Gimme a shoutout for any mistakes yaddy yadda.

Those who loved the ASC and Ulrich Schnauss EP (yes I can't stress this enough), will really like this
as well.

Here are some tracks:
Like A Ghost In Your Own Life - ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AkIkAXvzIg
Ten Years - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqw9wCoxrcw


Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2013



19411 Comments


Keep up the good work pos'd.

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

Typhoner
January 21st 2013



790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Checking out the links, I could like this.

Nice write-up and thanks for reminding me to check out that ASC collab!

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

mindleviticus
January 21st 2013



8151 Comments


I was debating whether to give this a 4.5 but it didn't feel like it. Regardless, it's a great album.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2013



3334 Comments


@Baseline new Rene LaVice album out in a few weeks begs to differ...but that'll probably be just me enjoying it

mindleviticus
January 21st 2013



8151 Comments


Aaaaaaaaaaand I'm done album reviews for a little while. Gotta study for exams

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2013



19411 Comments


you can't stop now you're on fire!

Yotimi
January 21st 2013



6437 Comments


sweet, had no idea this was coming out

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2013



30865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesomesauce

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

mindleviticus
January 21st 2013



8151 Comments


awww yeah

SeaAnemone
January 21st 2013



19682 Comments


damn had no idea MUST hear this sweet stuff thanks for the heads up

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

wabbit
January 21st 2013



6977 Comments


OH SHIT SON NOW THAT'S GANSTA



I gotta stop listening to pat the bunny

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2013



19411 Comments


gratz on feature man you deserve it

mindleviticus
January 21st 2013



8151 Comments


thanks man !

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2013



23798 Comments


hmm I'll probably dig this

mindleviticus
January 21st 2013



8151 Comments


Yeah you gave 77 a 4, so you'll probably really like this

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2013



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need to get on this. Does it sound anything like 77?

mindleviticus
January 21st 2013



8151 Comments


yes it does!

Rev
January 21st 2013



9375 Comments


great review yuki, will check this out

mindleviticus
January 21st 2013



8151 Comments


thanks asuka! your taste is kind of weird so i don't know if you'll like this or not



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