Ulrich Schnauss creates lush electronica. I wish i knew more
about Herr Schnauss, but the only info i found on him was a
site in German which i didn't bookmark, so i can't tell you
anything at all about the guy. Well, except that he makes good
The music on this EP (a debut? i don't know...) consists of
mellow keybaord riffs, drum loops, and more keyboard parts layered
on top. The parts are slowly layered together as the songs progress.
I can determine two types of songs: those that start with the
keyboard melody as their foundation, and those that start with
the drums as their foundation.
The EP's first two tracks start with the keyboard. Knuddleaus
has a lovely piano sample and a happy hiphoppy beat. Between
Us And Them features an amazingly catchy beat under several
layers of chiming keyboards. Blumenwiese Neben Autobahn
also starts with keys, then adds a really groovey drum beat.
After a few minutes, the song breaks down into some almost Kraftwerk-y
bleeps and blips on the top.
On the other hand, ...Passing By actually begins with
a fuzzy casiotone style drum beat, which is buried under luscious
keys and plodding bass beats. Despite being foudned on a drum
loop, this is the EP's mellowest track. track 5 starts
with and is dominated by a grovey drum loop that is so catchy
it is worthy of Dj Shadow. Yo, i am sure someone raps over this
Molfsee stands out on it's own and fits neither of the
two formulas. It begins and ends with the relaxing white noise
of rain. I really like that sound, and it makes this the EP's
most relaxing track. It also features Schnauss's only vocal
sample: something fuzzed out and buried in the mix.
Overall, even though the songs tend to blend into one another,
it's a great EP. The keyboard melodies are plentiful, stacked
several deep, and quite fun. The drum loops are catchy.
In fact, what's so great about this EP is that it improves
on the rich keyboard sound of Boards of Canada or Miles
Tilmann by adding really funky hiphoppy drum beats a la
DJ Shadow. It's a brilliant idea and Schnauss pulls it off admirable.
So if you like any of the artists i have named, you should
definitely track down a copy of Far Away Trains Passing