Ulrich Schnauss makes lush summertime electronic music which isn't
ashamed to mine both pop and indie back-catalogues for
influences. On the Berlin/Manchester-based City Centre Offices
label in the UK (also home to Arovane and Christian Kleine)
elsewhere he is also released through Morr Music,
where his sound fits in between the abstract warmth of
ISAN and the song-based Lali Puna and Barbara Morgenstern.
Like ISAN and artists such as Dntel,
Múm or Pulseprogramming, Ulrich Schnauss finds a home in the
loosely growing network of electronic music sometimes known
as `indietronica', which uses electronic sounds as part of
a warmer, more heartfelt music. City Centre Offices founder
Thaddi Herrmann (also of Herrmann and Kleine) has even said
he prefers to think of the label's (largely electronic) output as
`pop' rather than `electronica'.
So maybe it's not so surprising that Ulrich Schnauss
is keen to acknowledge the influence of UK guitar bands (from the
early 90s in particular) rather than
the more technical side of the German electronic scene,
citing in particular My Bloody Valentine,
Neil Halstead/Mojave 3 and Cocteau Twins, as well as the likes
of Biosphere and Locust. After spending several years producing
commercial electronica under many names and on some
surprising labels, in 2001 he created a sound which he finally
felt he wanted to put his own name to, building on his
wider influences and actively trying to avoid electronica cliches.
With his debut LP Far Away Trains Passing By receiving warm
praise from critics and public alike, the highly anticpated
followup A Strangely Isolated Place, released in June 2003,
pushes his sound further into the territory of the blissed-out
guitar music he grew up loving. The new material
explores more song-like structures with the addition of
subliminal vocal harmonies and scuzzy guitar-like sweeps
reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine, whilst losing none of the
deceptive simplicity, pace and precision of the previous material.
Possible comparisons could include dreamily harmonic American post-rockers
Bowery Electric or Seely as well as Christian Kleine/Herrmann and Kleine.
Previous live appearances have included The Big Chill 2002
(also featuring Plaid and ISAN) and supporting Warp's Brothomstates
in the UK. This date is part of a short UK tour.
(ninja tune/thrill jockey/tripel)
Live PA/mix from Andrew Coleman (aka Animals on Wheels).
(charlie don't surf)
Damo from Cambridge's Charlie Don't Surf plays a warm electronica
set with CCO, Morr +++