Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #30 Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place


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#30 Ulrich Schnauss - A Strangely Isolated Place

Ulrich Schnauss' A Strangely Isolated Place is so atmospheric that it almost seems weightless. Melodies soar into galaxies still unknown, while rhythms interplay, voices float in and out, and synthetic drones create textures that fold into pockets of sonic euphoria. With obvious influences such as Slowdive and Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins), it would be wrong to call Schnauss a revolutionary. However, there is no better interpretaton of dreamy, ambient, yet rhythmic electronica than Schnauss' A Strangely Isolated Place. The atmosphere of every song is uncanny, whether it be the driving ambience of "On My Own" and "Letter From Home" or the blissful, spacey soundscapes of "Gone Forever" and "Blumenthal." There are heavy textures within the album that require your utmost attention and the best pair of headphones you can find. However, it is also strong enough to put on above the noise. It can make a long drive seem like a few passing minutes. It is capable of lifting you off of the ground and carrying you into space where a lack of gravity renders you weightless. A Strangely Isolated Place floats in a world where only it exists. No other album this decade, or even in history, creates sonic atmospheres like it.

- Caleb Morairty

[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] Ulrich Schnauss - A Letter From Home

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