Apparat – LP5

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Released: March 22, 2019

This is night music. This is music that waits until the party is over and the doors are locked and the beats are tucked snugly into the DJ’s case of records. This is music that guides you home when the sky is black and the streets are deserted and your feet are throbbing. This is music that keeps you company when you’re dozing in the back seat, thinking about the lights and the energy and the one with the amazing smile who danced next to you all night long.

This is not easy music but it is willing to slip into the background and wait for you. And once you’re ready, it will reward you. The compositions are deep and complex. The rhythms weave like heartbeats. The arrangements support the warm but impenetrable vocals that lift the record. (Sascha Ring is best known for his contributions to Moderat, and his singing here is as close as his solo work comes to Moderat.)

This isn’t for everyone, but if you like experimental ambient music or IDM or night music, then give this a chance.

About Chuck

Chuck is a lifelong music lover. He spent his 20s working as a professional musician before discovering he enjoys listening to music more than playing it. He knows a little bit about most genres, though electronic dance music, rock, and hip-hop are his favorites. Eleven albums/shows that transformed how he sees and hears the world (in order he encountered them): Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Van Halen Fair Warning; The Cure Standing on a Beach; John Coltrane Crescent; De La Soul Three Feet High and Rising; Puccini La Boheme (de los Angeles, Bjorling, Beecham); Everything but the Girl Walking Wounded; Carl Cox, Twilo, NYC, May 2000; Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.; Grateful Dead. Fillmore East, NYC, April 1971; Taylor Swift 1989.

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  1. bobvinyl

    You’re right. It is totally night music and for me, it is more specifically night driving music. While they have musically little in common, the album feels similar in mood to Pink Moon or something along those lines. Nighttime, driving, low key and yet not really comfortable. Yearning.

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