Sounds like shadows in the underworld...trapped in a sonic limbo between "not yet" and "not anymore", coming and going like silent guests, merely indicating the stories they bear and the sorrows they carry. Günter Schlienz created an album like a silent theater play, highly narrative without saying a single word. Beautiful!
Favorite track: Eurydike.
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Günter Schlienz is an electronic musician and composer based in Stuttgart, Germany. He combines do-it-yourself modular synths, tape machines, guitar and field recordings to create cascading layers of ambience verging on musique concrète. On "Orphée aux Enfers", Schlienz combines his synthesizers with numerous acoustic instruments: viola, strings, piano, voices and undefined textures. Bringing in these acoustic sounds allowed Schlienz to collaborate with many musicians lending their unique talents. The results are hypnotizing, a casual stroll through a wash of otherwordly melodies and unique soundscapes of looped voices, circular strings and resonant synthesizer passages. There’s a sophistication and light touch across "Orphée aux Enfers" giving the album it’s purposeful aesthetic and casual grace.
released November 6, 2020
Günter Schlienz - DIY modular synth, tape machines, guitar and field recordings
Many thanks to—
Oliver Sascha Frick for electric viola, effects on “Rêve D'orphée"
Ronnie Oliveras and Ruth-Maria Adam for strings, noises and voices on “Eurydike"
Elisabeth von Stritzky and Teresa Smolnik for voices,
Stefan Schreiber for piano on “Kerberus"
Thomas Tronich for saxophone on “Don't Look Back"
Mastered by Daryl Groetsch
Artwork by Steve Rosborough
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Slow time. Breathe deep. Emerge new. Shield yr eyes. It's bright out there, but it's going to be ok. Pair with hot black coffee and EARLY morning dew and fog. Fully backed by midwestern heads far and wide. DD.Bones