Album Review: No Further Ahead Than Today by Ulrich Schnauss
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AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
With No Further Ahead Than Today, German electronic musician and producer Ulrich Schnauss designs a lush, sunny world that, in some ways, harkens back to the style introduced on his acclaimed early albums Far Away Trains Passing By and A Strangely Isolated Place. Though not nearly as sparsely arranged as the former, nor as shoegaze-oriented as the latter, these nine new tracks conjure up a similar blanket of warmth through Schnauss' artful layering of textures and rhythms. His first solo release since 2013's darker hued A Long Way to Fall, it also bears some amount of influence from new age masters Tangerine Dream, the seminal German electronic collective of which he became a member in 2014.
It’s not often the worlds of electronic music and hard rock mix, but in 2009 Guns N’ Roses was sued by Ulrich Schnauss’ record companies for using two excerpts of the composer’s music on their Chinese Democracy album. Schnauss’ music is like that—it has a broad appeal. He makes populist electronica, and on No Further Ahead than Today, he gives us a set of big, busy, melodic statements.
Ulrich Schnauss 'No Further Ahead Than Today' (Scripted Realities)Ulrich Schnauss has always been a connoisseur’s favourite. His albums ‘Far Away Trains Passing By’ and ‘A Strangely Isolated Place’ are two of the best ever in Balearic circles, and his remixes for Depeche Mode, Howling Bells and more have consistently hit the spot. His new LP feels like a return to the resonance of his earlier work.