Former Emeralds synth wizard Steve Hauschildt returns with 'Dissolvi' the name taken from the latin phrase cupio dissolvi, meaning "I wish to be dissolved". Let's hope Steve isn't dissolved any time soon as here he presents another example of his work which contains techno pulses, synth haze, the voice of Julianna Barwick.
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Uhh. Hmm. Steve Hauschildt returns, and while I was absolutely expecting the usual kosmische synth panorama, I’m finding myself welcoming something altogether different: a pop record, of sorts. This is Hauschildt, of course, so it still largely feels like an ambient rumination -- the twinkling stars still blaze green in the neon sky. But along the way the record feels like a calculated stylistic break, done subtly but surely, marking Hauschildt’s bold steps from Kranky to Ghostly.
Despite it being his most accessible solo work, it takes listening at it to truly treasure these songs. “Saccade”, a wonderful collaboration with ambient artist and vocalist Julianna Barwick, took me aback and them some, its deep-diving chords, olde-IDM drums and melodic vocal stems creating a wonderful, safe place, for once suggesting Hauschildt’s music world has citizens, people who can talk to and console one another.
Elsewhere pieces feel busier, brighter, and more metropolis than wasteland. “Phantox” mixes ghostly droning figures with dubbed beats and clattering industrial percussion, suggesting pipeworks and city grids. “Alien Self” grows with a minute dynamic shift into something of a low-key techno workout, once again marrying Hauschildt’s shimmering sound to something more nebulous. And then there’s “Syncope”, a collaboration with vocalist GABI, which sounds like it could belong to a club subsumed in water, its diluted sound unable to disguise the possibility of a dance.
It all adds up to a welcome deviation in Hauschildt’s sound -- instead of offering us gorgeously tinted blank canvases to walk alone in, he’s made a record that feels almost communal. At the very least, 'Dissolvi' sounds like we're sharing it with others.
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