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Ulrich Schnauss - Goodbye

Ulrich Schnauss, Goodbye

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

ULRICH Schnauss has remixed everyone from Depeche Mode to Long-View thanks to his reputation as a master of intelligent dance chillout.

His latest album, Goodbye, is worth becoming acquainted with for anyone who likes their music serene, ethereal and laidback to the point of being horizontal. Masseurs should use it to ease people into a blissful state.

That’s not to say it’s a perfect chillout record – merely that when it’s on form, it’s effortlessly satisfying.

Opening track Never Be The Same is the sort of reflective early morning piece that’s tailor made for Rob Da Bank’s compilation albums – ambient, subtle guitar riffs intertwined with low-key organs and ever so gentle beats. Female vocals drift in and out, courting comparisons with Enya but less emphatically.

It’s quietly mesmerising and compellingly addictive.

Then comes Shine, another sly orchestration that builds like some dream-like soundtrack to an unmade film before dropping Long-View’s Rob McVey’s haunted vocals.

If you’ve heard and fallen in love with Schnauss’ remix work for that band, then prepare to swoon again. It’s an album highlight.

There’s a greater sense of urgency surrounding the harder (by his standards) beats of Stars, which evoke memories of Clannad, while Here Today, Gone Tomorrow feels as reflective as its title suggests – the beats and synths forming an often brilliant combo that excite as much as they relax. Michael Mann could well be pencilling Ulrich in for a soundtrack contribution.

And final track For Good even dares to drop in a folksy, borderline psychedelic strummed guitar that completes the ambience to winning effect before then coming over all Blade Runner with its futuristic, plaintive keyboards.

Occasionally, there’s the sense that you can have too much of a good thing. Some tracks drift into each other and take too long to really get anywhere.

And at 55 minutes, you have to be in the mood to be chilled or you might find yourself becoming irritated.

But for the most part, it’s a beautiful record that juggles ethereal beauty with some often-needed relaxation therapy.

Download picks: Never Be The Same, Shine, Stars, For Good, Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Track listing:

  1. Never Be The Same
  2. Shine
  3. Stars
  4. Einfeld
  5. In Between The Years
  6. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  7. A Song About Hope
  8. Medusa
  9. Goodbye
  10. For Good