If you've been enjoying the revivification of lounge music (Martin Denny, Cal Tjader, etc.) and especially space-age lounge (Esquivel and others) alongside electronica, pop-prog, and 'tweeners like Roedelius, then you're going to love Schleusolz, as the duet's components, Worsel Strauss and Zodi Paulinen, have seamlessly blended everything into a cinematically projective futuresphere that'll probably have Brian Eno cocking an eyebrow...having certain resonances with, and even topping, the work done by him and the Cluster boyz.
There's also the definite hard edge of Perry & Kingsley and the strange echoes of Margouleff & Cecil here, not to mention recenter days' mainstream one- and two-offs (Moog Cookbook, etc.). You're even going to hear the far edges of Jimmy McGriff crashing into a Fellini movie in cuts like Running Out of Time. At other moments, I was sure I was flashing back to a Crash Bandicoot video game (Detroit Teenage Riot) with crazy rhythms and splashy effects. More than once, Art of Noise reared up and psychedelically spiked mirror balls began mad rotations.
Not everything is a comet ride across the skies, though, Chivalry being a slo-paced restrained narco-carny sideshow providing adequate time for thrillseekers to catch their breath, with Acid in the Sea dipping between an elephant's lumber and underwater swirls. Don't for a moment think the bizarre B&W liner photo of a 50s bikini dance party is indicative of anything, though; I'm not sure why it was chosen, the whole idea's kinda psycho and counterintuitive. Perhaps the Twilight Zoney timbral feel to the whole project vaguely seemed momentarily apposite. Nonetheless, this is a slice of electronica that stands on its own and will pique the ears of eclectic listeners far and wide.
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