Original Issue: 1997 Big Cat Records (ABB1000 CD - as part of Driftworks box)
Margot-meter: 4 moons / 5
Following Duck comment on Thomas Köner's Nuuk, many of you requested the Paul Schütze album which is part of Driftworks boxset. Here you have it :-)
01 Go (4:23)
02 Cool Engines (7:00)
03 The Drowning (4:04)
04 Homage (8:59)
05 Mirror (8:30)
06 Slow Glass (9:57)
07 Green Evil (9:38)
08 The Black Lake (4:27)
from The Wire:
Paul Schütze's "Stateless" is the more propulsive of the four (Driftworks boxset works), and the most texturally vigorous. Over the last few years of Ambient exploration he's built up a meta-orchestra of sounds that cast away beyond the dimensions of traditional musical resources.
It's as he'd trawled through the repertoire of classical and ethnic instruments and straitened the sounds out of their traditional vocabularies, subtly interweaving them with synthetic timbres and electronic murmur. Defamiliarized, they are reconvened into a web of sonic calls, shaken free of many of the historical stratifications grained into the parent material.
The rhythms are full of body: swinging Fourth World pulses drawing on the loose thrumming grooves of Miles Davis, Eno and Byrne, as much as on gamelan, dub and ethnic percussion. In "Go" a lilting bassline with an uneven signature propels an amalgam of cymbals, steel drum tremolos, panpipes, flutes and what sounds like ukulele and revving cars over a sweeping drone.