Sunday, November 04, 2007

Apparat - Walls

Coming from Berlin, Sascha Ring (aka Apparat) is already a veteran in today's electronic music scene. Although most people only had contact with his work after last year's collaboration with Ellen Allien (the excellent Orchestra Of Bubbles album), the fact is that, behind his own label Shitkatapult (co-founded together with T. Raumschmiere) or with previous solo albums, he has enough work to have a name for himself. "Walls", his new album, is another addition and could be considered something like a quiet revolution. Why? Because even if it's not so in-your-face as most high-profile records of today, it does have a lot of those subtle elements that are also important to innovation. If, at first listen, nothing really original seems to happen (besides the mesmerizing beauty of its sounds), don't be surprised. "Walls" is full of those contemplative atmospheres that mix so well with whatever-you're-doing and it can be easy to get distracted. But pay a bit more attention and you'll find out that, without much notice, Apparat has invented a language of his own, an unique mix between edgy electronics and dreamy-pop landscapes. Adding surprising sounds that are more associated with indie-pop and rock than with electronics, and covering candid songs with distinct elements like shoegazing reverb, glitch-electronics, involving guitars and keyboards, blurry echoes, dramatic strings and free percussive structures, "Walls" subtly ends up being one of the warmest and most eclectic electronic records to come out in quite a while. (7,5/10)

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