A wonderful new full length from Uwe Schmidt for the always sterling Raster-Noton label. “Winterreise” is brimming with intoxicating if distant textures and skittering, evasive beatwork. There is a strange sense of nostalgia that permeates these recordings, something which Schmidt made reference to in his recent interview with The Wire. Indeed, one of the most noteworthy aspects of the album to me is the way in which Schmidt is able to preserve a sense of warmth in these sounds despite their seemingly austere, mechanical sonic veneer. There are meticulous, studied synthesis techniques going on here to be sure, but there is also a sense of romanticism and an enduring mysteriousness that is absent from much of the Raster catalog. The “Streuung” triptych, which appears in the middle of the record, is particularly emblematic of the care that goes into Schmidt’s compositions, with bristling, panning pulses hovering over a pillow soft bed of softly cycling chords. Really an immaculately conceived piece of work and one of the best releases from R-N in some time. - Alex Cobb, Experimedia

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