Underrated Silence

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Continuing to effortlessly bridge the rather wide gap between the ethereal new age of Enya and the shimmering shoegaze of My Bloody Valentine, the title of German producer Ulrich Schnauss' second consecutive collaborative album, Underrated Silence, says it all. Written and recorded with Engineers' bassist Mark Peters, its 11 atmospheric tracks pursue a far more minimal electronica approach than 2011's guitar-heavy joint effort with Danish musician Jonas Munk, which means that it takes some time to distinguish between the constant array of soothing synths and subtle, floaty beats on offer. Indeed, Schnauss has always been more interested in the after-party than the party ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Continuing to effortlessly bridge the rather wide gap between the ethereal new age of Enya and the shimmering shoegaze of My Bloody Valentine, the title of German producer Ulrich Schnauss' second consecutive collaborative album, Underrated Silence, says it all. Written and recorded with Engineers' bassist Mark Peters, its 11 atmospheric tracks pursue a far more minimal electronica approach than 2011's guitar-heavy joint effort with Danish musician Jonas Munk, which means that it takes some time to distinguish between the constant array of soothing synths and subtle, floaty beats on offer. Indeed, Schnauss has always been more interested in the after-party than the party itself, but there are times when the album borders on the comatose, particularly on the disorienting comedown of "Amoxicilin" and the dreary melancholy of "Ekaterina." But having worked together before on both Engineers' third album, In Praise of More, and the soundtrack to Gregg Araki's surreal sci-fi comedy, Kaboom, the pair appear to be much more in tune elsewhere, whether it's the gorgeously twinkling lullaby of "Yesterday Didn't Exist," the dreamy sci-fi prog of "Long Distance Call," or the ghostly waltz of "Forgotten," while the Kraftwerk-esque Motorik of "Rosen im Asphalt," and the early-'90s ambient house of "Gift Horse's Mouth" prove to be convincing forays into less sedate territory. Beautifully crafted, if slightly inconsistent, Underrated Silence is undoubtedly still more of a mood setter than a head-bobber, but it's a far more challenging and ultimately rewarding listen than your average chill-out fare.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • Label: Bureau B
  • EAN: 4047179624428
  • Catalog Number: 94
  • Sales rank: 58,186

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Messiah is Falling - Mark Peters (3:44)
  2. 2 Long Distance Call - Mark Peters (2:52)
  3. 3 Forgotten - Mark Peters (4:14)
  4. 4 Yesterday Didn't Exist - Mark Peters (5:30)
  5. 5 Rosen Im Asphalt - Mark Peters (5:34)
  6. 6 The Child or the Pigeon - Mark Peters (3:44)
  7. 7 Ekaterina - Mark Peters (5:31)
  8. 8 Amoxicillin - Mark Peters (4:20)
  9. 9 Gift Horse's Mouth - Mark Peters (7:22)
  10. 10 Underrated Silence - Mark Peters (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ulrich Schnauss Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano
Judith Beck Guitar, Vocals
Mark Peters Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Tom Durack Mastering
Ulrich Schnauss Composer, Producer, Engineer
Leon Trotsky Liner Notes
Mark Peters Composer, Producer, Engineer
Katja Chernova Cover Photo
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