The German music producer is not too well-known, and I only discovered him through Niall. But he has fast become one of my favourite artists thanks to two absolutely sublime albums.
Ulrich Schnauss’s sound is chilled and almost delicate – soft beats, catchy melodies, and long, slow, carefully built-up tunes that are soothing, relaxing, and the perfect thing to play late at night or on a quiet sunny afternoon. The music varies between cheerful and downbeat, and is always thoughtful without being overcomplicated.
The tracks on his first album, Far Away Trains Passing By, all contain rhythms similar to that of a train, so the music is evocative of journey and adventure, making it ideal to listen to while travelling.
It’s been a while since his most recent album, A Strangely Isolated Place, so it’s good news that his third album is finally coming, along with an EP called Quicksand Memory. Just so long as once Goodbye is out, he himself isn’t leaving any time soon.
I’ll review Goodbye and Quicksand Memory as soon as Mr Amazon magics them to my door. I can’t wait.