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Impassive Skies

DB 154CD DB 154CD

With his fourth studio album Impassive Skies, legendary Viennese producer Patrick Pulsinger draws the attention to the dancefloor. After his highly-acclaimed adventure into jazz with Easy To Assemble -- Hard To Take Apart and the classic Dogmatic Sequences Series (DB 142CD), comes an album that extends the unique combination of electronics and recorded instruments even further: synthesizers and hand-played drumboxes, not sequenced by the computer, carefully fitted into the musical performances. All the beautiful irregularities of the human groove with its switches and bleeps of the analog bubble-bath melt into a soundscape that reflects both the history of dance music and today's production techniques. All eight tracks on the album show great diversity in style and musical approach. The analog recording and mixing process and the wide dynamic range give the material a continuity that makes Impassive Skies such an intense and visionary listening experience. Several guest musicians and vocalists played an important part in the development of the album. Their involvement in the early stages of the compositions allowed Pulsinger to give room to their performances in the arrangement and shape the electronic sound around the instruments. Opening track "Grey Gardens" revolves around trumpet and improvisation genius Franz Hautzinger, whose narrative performance inspired its samba-esque feel, playful drum sequencing and Detroit-style synthesizer chords. In "Future Back" and title track "Impassive Skies" the outstanding soundscape of guitar experimentalist Christian Fennesz set a perfect background for Rhodes, grand piano and organ played by young jazz talent Martin Knorz, as well as modular synthesized drum patterns and Polaroid sampling by the legendary Sebastian Niessen of SND. There is a certain cosmic feel in the 2 tracks that feature the human clockwork Elektro Guzzi as rhythm combo. "Thong" is filled with tom-tom breaks and deep, driving bass. "Blame It" features the voice of Abe Duque with straightforward, dubbed-out disco catching a glimpse of vibraphone and vocoder. Other guest vocalists who bring elements of pop, new wave and punk to the album include G.Rizo and Teresa Rotschopf.