Walls is the fifth full-length album from Apparat, aka Berlin's Sascha Ring. He’s had one hell of a year 2006…his collaboration with Ellen Allien, the critically-acclaimed album Orchestra of Bubbles, forged electrifying new connections between techno, electro and pop music but somewhere in between all the acclaim and touring, he’s recorded his first solo studio album since 2003's Duplex.
Despite its title, Walls isn't about dividing lines. Instead, it describes a circle that pulls many elements together into a protected, enclosed space where they jostle and roam free: strings and mallet instruments; rock guitar and gravelly sawtooth synths; stuttering digital percussion and muscular studio drumming. The record veers from the chamber minimalism of "Not A Number," with its cello and vibraphones, to the bluesy rock of "Hailin' From The Edge." "Fractales Pt. 1" offers a sound that longtime Apparat listeners might recognize as most typical, while "Bassis" is, in its purest sense, a pop song, as ephemeral as clouds and as solid as the ground you're standing on - a fitting contradiction for a record that draws equally from software and acoustic instrumentation.
Guests and collaborators on this record include Telefon Tel Aviv's Josh Eustis, who did the album's final mixdown in Chicago & Raz Ohara.
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