Ulrich Schnauss (3 stars)

ULRICH SCHNAUSS

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Goodbye (Independiente)

ELECTRONICA

When a creative force is raised in a boring little armpit such as Kiel, it’s perhaps inevitable that the only reaction is to try and make something gorgeous from the tedium. With his third album, both the banal and the beautiful are present as Ulrich Schnauss meanders snake-like around a variety of bubbly sounds and dips in and out of his own moods, which appear to range from languid to quite bad. ‘Einfeld’ is not a near-tribute to one of America’s greatest sitcoms but an ephemeral Harold Budd-like landscape of sound (ie soundscape) and while ‘A Song About Hope’ is technically not a song, it’s sprinkled with upbeat seeds of optimism.

(Brian Donaldson)

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