German electronic artist Ulrich Schnauss is set to release his long-awaited new album, A Long Way To Fall on Domino Records in North America and his own Scripted Realities imprint in the rest of the world in early 2013. His fourth album, A Long Way To Fall returns to the punchier rhythms and pronounced leadwork of his landmark album, A Strangely Isolated Place, while incorporating some new textures and sounds from his earlier sonic explorations. Schnauss explains:
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 them 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.
Comprised of ten new recordings, A Long Way To Fall is Schnauss’ most varied release to date. The percolating mood piece, “Broken Homes” recalls a more melodic Autechre while the frenetic, mesmerizing “The Weight Of Darkening Skies” reaches new heights in BPMs never reached before on Ulrich’s previous releases. First single “I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance” combines a propulsive throb with some of his most dramatic lead work.
Title track available for listening/download now
Her And The Sea
Like A Ghost In Your Own Life
A Long Way To Fall
I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance
A Forgotten Birthday
The Weight Of Darkening Skies
A Ritual In Time And Death
The album will be preceded by a pair of visual pieces from the duo of Anastasija and Natasha for the tracks “A Ritual In Time And Death” and “I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance,” with the latter being released as a single which will be paired with remixes from Tycho and ASC. Prior to that, however, we’re offering the title track digitally for your listening pleasure… like, NOW: