Sequitur was the second solo album from Emeralds synth botherer Steve Hauschildt. Using just synths, drum machines and effects the musician carved out a much wider scope of sound than on his solo debut Tragedy & Geometry. The result is a lush and evocative work on which Hauschildt uses his machines to pack an emotional punch. His music is very much always gorgeous and Sequitur is one of his best.
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This is the second solo album for Kranky from Emeralds' Steve Hauschildt following on from the excellent 'Tragedy & Geometry'.
From opener 'Interconnected' it's clear we're in for another bliss out into the sublime with lush, warm and highly evocative synth melodies. Hauschildt has a remarkable talent for making his machines really sing. A quality which is increasingly rare in electronic music these days.
'Accelerated Yearning' has shades of James Stinson's more melancholic output with more of a distinct pop sensibility. The pop element is pushed even further to the fore on 'Constant Reminders' this time with somewhat of an electro-funk flavour complete with vocoder vocal. The title track is probably the tune that most recalls Hauschildt's contributions to Emeralds; a dazzling nu-kosmische number full of yearning and soul. Mixed messages also has a slight electro tinge, perhaps recalling Skanfrom in its playful melodies.
'Vegas Mode' is a gorgeous analogue synthesiser orchestration with rich layers of analogue chimes and strings. Gear heads will drool when they cop the gear list in the sleeve-notes! 'Steep Decline' closes the set and is quite the sad song, nevertheless it's a lovely way end to proceedings.
At just under forty minutes it's a ride that never overstays its welcome. Yet another ace from this synthesiser wizard.
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