Every Monday through Friday we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Ash/Black Veil” by Apparat, from a forthcoming 2011 album on Mute Records.
Sascha Ring is better known by his stage name, Apparat, an influential electronic musician hailing from Berlin, Germany. Apparat began in the early ’00s with dance-oriented techno, but quickly began to experiment more with ambience, expressing a desire to craft more sounds than beats. His most recent music is closer to glitch and IDM than either of his past extremes, and new track “Ash/Black Veil” is no different. A haunting and frenetic cut, it sounds as if Thom Yorke had a lovechild with Four Tet.
Moving away from driving synth arpeggios and thudding beats, “Ash/Black Veil” instead indulges in Ring’s newfound adoration of real instruments, including strings, piano, and other, more hard to pin down manipulations. It’s the first glimpse of an as-yet untitled album due out sometime in 2011, but if it’s any indication, the album is going to be a majestic wonder of crooning vocals and swashbuckling effected sounds. Cymbals crash and snares rattle while a piano riff grows and grows, forming a swell of noise that strikes the ear like a wave against the coast.
It’s a softer side to Apparat that we haven’t seen in the past, but it’s the most logical next step in his ever-changing musical soundscape. For further proof, check out the video for “Way Out,” an older Apparat track featuring Ellen Allien.
Apparat recently signed to Mute Records. His as of yet unnamed new album is due some time in August. Fans can also expect new things in his live show. As he posted recently on his Facebook page, “Goodbye Apparat-Rave - Hello Apparat-Band! Played my last raveshow for a very long time yesterday. It was fun but i’m really looking forward to explore new territory. I was starting to get a little bored with myself.” Check out his website to connect to all of his social media sites and to find out when he’ll be coming back to the U.S. for a new tour.