Genres: electronica, electro jazz, chill out
PO Box 511256
Sep 29 - Oct 5 2003
on budding label Wobblyhead is Signaldrift's Compass.
Signaldrift, a.k.a. Franz Buchholtz, has put out many of
his own records over previous years and since he started he's refined
his own brand of electronica that is both intelligent and danceable.
Compass is a doozy of an electronica album. Airy,
smooth opener "Compass or Atlas" will suck you in right
away. The rest of the album goes by in doses of electro-jazz
("Escort Through the Narrows"), complex-tronica
("Atlas," "Units of Spin"), and chill-out music
("Bermuda Love Triangle," "Welcome Ceylon").
The album is very balanced and has a great flow. Beats are given
just as much attention as melody and atmosphere, and these carefully
detailed sonic results are the outcome.
After the album's eight tracks comes (on the CD edition) the
entirety of Signaldrift's Bremen EP, previously only
available on vinyl. It is a terrific, endlessly engaging
selection of tunes that definitely make the CD version worth buying.
Overall, this is another very solid release from Wobblyhead.
Very recommended for music lovers alike.
[Vitals: 8 tracks +5 bonus on CD version, distributed by
label, released 2003]