With March comes a new mixtape and this time round, German instrumental electronic duo Sankt Otten take the driver's seat. Their eight albums, from the first in 1999 to the latest Engtanz Depression, which came out only a few days ago, form a mesmerizing journey, closely linked to the pioneers of krautrock, ambient and early electronica. So it comes as no surprise that the mix put together by Stephan Otten is packed full with gems from exceptional artists, ranging from Harald Grosskopf and Maserati to Kraftwerk and Robert Fripp. Let's dance!
German electronic artist Ulrich Schnauss is returning with his first solo album in six years. A Long Way To Fall will be released via Domino in North America and via Schnauss´s own Scripted Realities in the rest of the world early next year.
Here´s what Schnauss said about the forthcoming album:
“Throughout the last decade, I recorded three albums that were trying to translate the early 90’s shoegaze aesthetic into an electronic context. After finishing the last album, Goodbye, I felt a need for a change of direction. At the same time, my music taste was changing drastically. While I had spent a couple of years mainly listening to songwriting based music (a lot of ‘indie’/band-type stuff), I was now rediscovering my love for electronic music based on more open structures. This provided the main inspiration of trying to record 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. What satisfies me the most about this album is that I think I’ve managed to create a record that has a coherent, cohesive narrative.”
The first taste from the album is the title track ‘A Long Way To Fall’. Listen to it below.