|Apparat - "The devil's walk"
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The sixth album from Sacha Ring, aka Apparat, shows the best of his experiments with sound. As heard in his previous albums, he is fantastic at creating an ambient vibe that makes you simply want to feel rather than dance.
‘Sweet Unrest’ is a great start to the album with a mixture of sounds that are calming yet not sleepy. On this track, Sacha uses one of his favourite techniques: that of different instruments repeating sounds which come together to create an ambient effect. Another example of this is ‘A Bang in the Void’ which isn’t so much a “bang” but more like several kinds of percussion instruments gathering together and grooving with a piano. This fantastic track, with its’ impressive trumpet entrance, is most likely meant to represent the creation of the universe.
It is worth pointing out here that the name of the album is borrowed from a political poem by Percy Shelley but there is nothing political about the music that Sacha wants to convey. Rather, he invites us into his philosophical thoughts with lyrics and then, cleverly, he allows us to think about them to the music. Ring plays with the technique of tricking the listener into assuming what the rest of the track will sound like after they’ve heard the first few seconds, but the music undergoes an unexpected change. ‘The Soft Voices Die’ starts with a chilling sound effect going up and down, until the keyboard enters on a major key and creates an optimistic tone that reverses the initial feeling .
‘Ash/Black Veil’ starts off with an assortment of string instruments frantically plucking away – then a voice sings and the music turns into a charmingly happy song. Look out for his interesting use of the piano on this track. Unfortunately, this album emphasizes the melancholic side of Apparat and may leave the listener yearning for something far more upbeat than they hear.
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I, for one, found myself wishing he had produced another song similar to the funky ‘Hailin’ from the Edge’ from the 2007. Walls album. However, I can appreciate that Sacha uses music to play with our emotions.
The young Austrian talent, Anja Plaschg, sings the powerful vocals on ‘Goodbye’ which is hymn-like and creates a sense of be-all-and-end-all. ‘Song of Los’ is particularly heart-wrenching, especially when the main voice is joined by another, creating a sense of mourning despite the upbeat nature of the track. But all other songs are predominantly happy, especially in the comforting ‘Blackwater’, the calming ‘Your house is my world’, and the upbeat ‘Candil de la Calle’.
The music on this album is a retreat from the everyday life. It’s music to think to. Probably the most endearing song is ‘Escape’ where the focus is on the vocals. There is a great amount of feeling that comes with this song, and the lyrics convey that the singer has made a journey in the real world also within himself. Using both words and music, Sacha Ring has continued to carry on making music which is overpowering in its ability to be transcending.
Text: Imogen Reid (February 2013)
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