After a decade flirting with shoegaze and dream pop textures, Ulrich Schnauss has returned to his IDM roots with A Long Way to Fall. On his first album (fourth overall) under his name in six years, the German producer almost fully focuses on the synthesizer, nearly abandoning the layered fuzz and tempered haze of his last two solo releases, while eliminating the slow-burning, buried vocals of his work with Mark Peters and A Shoreline Dream. Stretching each song past the five-minute mark, Schnauss lets his work gestate on A Long Way to Fall, letting simple, sometimes nonexistent refrains repeat and recur until some sort of unshakable melody is revealed…
This is an expression of desire to learn the ideas of modern theoretical physics and natural sciences as a whole. This is a view from the side at what is happening with science and human thought. This is a search of something, not simply imperceptible and being beyond understanding, but such that could explain causation of everything. New interpretation of paths followed by the modern physics, redefinition of the universal laws and doubts which are reinforced by the new revolutionary movements in science, lead to thought that all the tangled trails of research, by and large, - just a long way to nowhere.
After more than a decade of working, and largely owning, the Red Dirt country circuit in Texas and Oklahoma, the Turnpike Troubadours' moment of truth may be nearing. The hard-playing quintet's most recent LP, 2015's The Turnpike Troubadours, marked a true commercial breakthrough as it not only reached Number Three on the country charts, but even cracked the Top 20 of the Billboard 200. Now it's time for them to follow it up.
In his last albums, Catch The Spirit and To Rory, master picker and fingerstylist Jacques Stotzem breathed acoustic life into the music of legends like Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, the Beatles, Kurt Cobain, the Stones and Rory Gallagher. With The Way To Go, he has come back to his own abilities as a composer.