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Schlammpeitziger has released nine albums in the 18 years he’s been making music. He has grown together with his home town of Cologne just as he has with his use of the synthesizer, the only tone-generator used on the new album (as on the previous one).
Schlammpeitziger is known and respected for his playful melodies and exuberant, clattering rhythms. This sound-aesthetic, with all its quirks and strangeness, has become second nature to him. And “Vorausschauende Bebauung” is no exception – he remains his unmistakable self on every second of the album. But at the same time, Schlammpeitziger has never stood still. It is the resolution of this apparent contradiction that is presented in his new album.
With his last record “Schwingstelle für Rauschabzug” we saw a new serious side to Schlammpeitziger. This recently-acquired depth and seriousness has morphed into darkness on “Vorausschauende Bebauung”. His typical swarm of melodies is permeated with ghostly drifting strings and sub-bass, creating a new secretive and enchanted melange. Schlammpeitziger tells of small things that become big if you let go of them. And without our knowing it he draws us into his universe of sound.
“Vorausschauende Bebauung” is, one might say, made for the big screen. Schlammpeitziger cites Cosmic Disco, Nu Disco and himself as the main influences on the album. So he’s finally arrived in the club. The depths which were always present in Schlammpeitziger’s psychedelic moments here become a trip. The beats are gripping and have a sharpness and punch. The cold synthetic disco sound on the new album is a long way from the private intimacy of previous works. In many ways it sounds dark and ominous.
The opening track on “Verkleinerte Vergößerung” shows the way of the whole album and the psychedelic club music on it. With “Deutlich Drehmoment” Schlammpeitziger conjures a smiles on our faces. “Dämm Delight” sounds somewhat arabesque. The vocoder synth melody and bouncing beats on the title track are equally attractive as they are simple. We hear Schlammpeitziger’s own voice, which presents a new element of lyrics and song on the album. While on the track “Rollrockers Feinrippröhren”, a kind of slow-motion rave tune. And in equally slow motion, everyone throws their hands in the air.
“Vorausschauende Bebauung” doesn’t just exude autonomy and composure. This album also invites the listener to get lost in its depths. It’s about enjoying the feeling of being swept along with the flow and being utterly content with the world in which one finds oneself. We encounter dark thoughts as well as smirking mischief residing inside Schlammpeitziger’s music. And sooner or later we stop asking ourselves how anything can be so verbose and massive and at the same time so personal.
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