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by Klaus Kinski
A few months ago I was wilting my life away at work listening to my M83 Pandora channel when a song the site randomly selected yanked me from my zombified, mouth-breathing state. It sounded like a bizarre mixture of Vangelis, Kitarro, Spandau Ballet, and Mogwai. Turns out, the artist was Ulrich Schnauss and the song was Goodbye. I didn't know what he was singing about, but it was definitely dark, sad and, well, beautiful. I was an immediate addict and before long I had almost every one of his songs in my collection.
So imagine my unbridled glee when I noticed that he scheduled a single US gig, and that it's happening at the Bell House on February 25, 2010 (Tickets are on sale). Mark Van Hoen and Luxa round out what will no doubt be an epic bill.
"While the name Mark Van Hoen may not immediately garner as much recognition as Schnauss, his reach and influence is arguably as authoritative. As an original member of Seefeel, the BBC noted, "In a brief listen one can hear the influence on Boards of Canada's damaged melodies and dense claustrophobia, more so than even the usual suspects like Aphex Twin." After tours with Massive Attack, Orbital, and opening for Slowdive, Van Hoen formed Scala with three members of Seefeel, releasing three albums. Van Hoen has also released four albums as Locust, including the electronic masterpieces Morning Light and Playing with Time...Ulrich Schnauss also has a new album coming out, but not of new material. He is instead releasing an album's worth of remixes he did for other bands including Halo, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Mahogany, Mojave 3, and Howling Bells. That album is called Missing Deadlines and is out March 15th. Full tracklist below...
...Van Hoen will be releasing a new album, Where Is the Truth, in late February, his first in over five years. The Bell House performance will also be Van Hoen's first in several years to feature backing musicians, including members of Edison Woods and Anthony and the Johnsons, accompanying his heavily visual and electronic performance.
Ulrich Schnauss - Missing Deadlines
1 howling bells: setting sun
2 a sunny day in glasgow: ghost in the graveyard
3 katharina franck: faithful friend
4 madrid: out to sea
5 asobi seksu: strawberries
6 dragons: remembrance
7 aus: halo
8 mahogany: supervitesse
9 lunz (roedelius & tim story): lunz
10 rachel goswell: coastline
11 high violets: chinese letter
12 mark gardener: story of the eye
13 i'm not a gun: make sense and loose
14 mojave 3: bluebird of happines