Ulrich Schnauss – Goodbye (from 2007′s “Goodbye”)
Today’s MSMOTD is a bit of a retreat from the lyrically intense songs of the last few artists I’ve posted. Ulrich Schnauss doesn’t DO lyrics. Or rather, perhaps he does, but the vocals are so filtered that any lyrics just blur into the lush soundscape, enhancing the music but not supplanting it. It is this soundscape which is at the forefront of Ulrich’s music. He paints his sound across the aural sonicscape with a broad brush, layering as many as 100 tracks over each other to achieve the result that he desires. What comes out of that process is gorgeous, complex, multi-faceted, relaxing and makes great study music!
Goodbye is a fantastic example of his work. Dreamy, bubbly and ethereal (I’m going to have to start posting some non-ethereal music here… what’s the antonym for ethereal? Earthy? Grungy?). You can just barely make out the vocalist singing the word “goodbye” as they fade in and out of coherence, with waves of sound washing against the speakers in hypnotising rhythms. I was actually looking for something similar to BT’s “This Binary Universe” when Schnauss was recommended to me. He’s really nothing at all like BT, but I did immediately fall in love with Schnauss’ music for studying. His sound is full enough to wash out any external noise, while remaining light and predictable enough not to distract from the equations and concepts that you’re trying to internalize.
Reviewers often (rightly) compare Schnauss to other outfits such as Boards of Canada and the Cocteau Twins, and (oddly) to shoegaze outfits and dreampop bands like Slowdive. Personally, I would compare him most closely with Tangerine Dream. Are they even making music still? I’ll have to find out for a future MSMOTD. Anyways, check out Molfsee below for an example of Schnauss’ slightly darker, Boards of Canada-esque work.
Hope you like it. Leave a comment to tell me what you think!
More Music from Ulrich Schnauss
Ulrich Schnauss – Molfsee (from 2001′s “Far Away Trains Passing By”)
Further info about today’s MSMOTD
Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/ulrichschnauss
Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulrich_Schnauss