Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Classick Albums: Far Away Trains Passing By

"Ambient Shoegaze Electronica"

Berlin-based producer Ulrich Schnauss burst onto the electronic music scene in 2001 with the release of his dreamy debut album "Far Away Trains Passing By." Featuring focused yet glitchy beats interwoven with warm, lush tones, Schnauss' music on this disc walks the line between chilly isolation and jubilant triumph, a result of his seemingly effortless use of melody and production techniques. This album features a plethora of sweeping major chord progressions, but Schnauss somehow manages to make them sound unpretentious and peaceful when taken in the grander context of the entire song. This is refreshingly ambient electronic music infused with memorable melodies and catchy beats, and is best suited for a quiet evening with a pair of headphones or a late night drive on an empty highway. Check out the opening track below.

Also, be sure to look for Schnauss' third album "Goodbye" to be released on Domino Records July 10.

Ulrich Schnauss - Knuddelmaus

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