CD REVIEW: Schleusolz - The Weinheim Experiment
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"music from another galaxy"
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Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Ambient, Electronica, Industrial, Chill, Dub out
Sounds Like: Art of Noise, Kraftwek, NIN
Technical Grade: 7/10
Marketability, Commercial Value, Genera Identify Crisis
Frankfurt, Germany based studio wizards Worsel Strauss & Schani Wolf, collectively known as Schleusolz release their 2009 debut CD entitled "The Weinheim Experiment" This duo combines a fascinating blend of "Retronica” vibe with a vivid array of colorful melodies, beats & soundscapes that gets it's musical foundation from the everything from electronica, chill, dub out to even classic industrial.
The CD kicks things off with “Plyphobia” a short intro piece that set the stage rather appropriately for a catalogue of music that has been described as “Henry Mancini on Acid.” or “Space Age Electronica.” This first piece explodes in your ears quite like a lemon would explode in your mouth. It has pulsating rhythms, against pulsating moog bass against a grand mosaic of exotic melodies. Track 2 entitled “Sid goes Dancing” serves up a steady bass driven vibe against pulsating melody & vocal layering that can be described as distorted & sinister sounding. Track 3 “The Numbererer” brings in a rocking distorted guitar that eventually explodes into a kaleidoscope of sound with everything from horns, 50’s style guitar, & exotic layers of sound that come at you from all directions. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic Euro techno meshed with electronica & dub out/ chill type musical textures with perhaps a splash of Industrial. The music covers a wide range of genera’s & is extremely hard to pigeonhole but it brings to the table a lot of musical variety & alot of sheer unpredictability. You never really know what waiting for you around the next corner on this CD as I can honestly sayI haven’t heard anything quite like Schleusolz before. It crosses so many musical boundaries & offers everything from electronica, jazz, rock, to chill-dub out, to even trance, & classic industrial. It definitely offers a lot of musical variety, & is listening experience that is highly original. Many songs on this CD will take you in a million different directions simultaneously. Schleusolz also brings to the table a wide range of instrumentation. You will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere - from sizzling guitar pyrotechnics, driving electronic drums & percussive grooves to exotic saxophone, strings, horns, & pulsating bass meshed with synthesizers & keyboard nuances. The tehcho overdubbing is packed to the hilt, & is chopped full of exotic soundscapes that lunge at you from every direction. There's not a dull moment on the entire production. The melodic layering is deep, the low end grooves are infectious, & the music is from another galaxy. From the grooving “Perky Pat” to “The Secret Acid Life” to slow moving “Superboy” to hypnotic “The Sheppard’s Dream” to seductive “She Became my toy” this CD Pretty much has something for just about everyone. My personal favorite is “Itai Itai” which has the perfect balance between Asian musical textures & primitive low end groove. You will find a lot of musical variety on this CD. A few songs are dark & sinister like “Sell your Soul” & “Father & Son.” One piece exotic African Chanting “Wuhguhzouboo” & a few are clever & comical like “Who do you think you are.” The CD ends with a condensed version of the intro piece “Plyphobia”
Schleusolz is to say the least a little bit awkward. It’s definitely what I would call “art for art’s sake.” Most American or Westerner listeners will struggle to identify with Schleusolz. Though it offers a huge amount of variety, & musical independence - it spreads itself way too thin across so many musical boundaries. Due to this "Musical Identity Crisis" I became somewhat disenchanted 20 minutes into it. Eventually you come to a place where you just roll with it. Schleusolz is at times hard to swallow. It’s fair to say “The Weinheim Experiment” is not the most marketable record I've ever heard, & lacks in commercial value. Sometimes it's the notes you don't play that make you the composer you are. At the end of the day it's one of the busiest productions I've ever heard. If the guys in Schleusolz were interior decorators, they would no doubt stick a painting on every square inch of your wall. Some of the bass grooves & drum rhythms sound extremely robotic & overly synthetic.
From start to finish “The Weinheim Experiment” is one of the most tripped out musical experience I’ve ever encountered. It’s extremely consistent, original, & very melodic. It’s strength - its amazing originality, rich sonic layering, & unique musical personality. I give Schleusolz a lot of credit for boldly trying to reach the world with their unique musical signature, which includes Westerners.Make no bones about it Schleusolz is one duo that's extremely hard to pin down. So if you long for amore tripped out musical experience, astray from the mainstream that's extremely unpredictable then you should definitely dedicate 45 minutes of time to Schleusolz’s “The Weinheim Experiment” When the ride is over you will be dazzled by it’s originality, overwhelmed by it’s mystery, & mesmerized by it’s sheer unpredictability.
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