ULRICH TROYER: Songs For William 2 CD/2xLP 4Bit
I love the effort that has gone into this release. Not only has Troyer recorded a full album, he has included a 32 page comic to accompany it illustrated by the man himself, titled “Cable Loss, or The Open Soldering Point”. Following the trials of a plucky effects pedal on its journey on tour with a band, it’s a remarkably enjoyable read and adds just that little extra to the overall experience.
Of course, when this amount of effort has gone into the physical product, the music has to match up so it’s not seen as overcompensation for lack of musical talent; luckily, Troyer has this in abundance as well.
‘Shake Your Knobs’ is a curious, mellow opener that folds mild electronica with harmonica and sub-bass lines into an engaging flow that has an almost reggae feel as it’s end result; given that I don’t generally appreciate that genre, I found myself enjoying the outcome immensely.
There is an overt dub feel to a lot of Ulrich’s work that is consummately professional enough not to head into territory that is too commercial and ‘Stone Age Circuits’ along with ‘Summer Reverb’, add flutters of enough feedback and obscurity to give a necessary alternative edge.
Over the course of the album Troyer brilliantly infuse elements of electronica that hit from many a different angle. The main weapon in his arsenal being subtlety; a whole range of influences filter through, with enough to please the casual IDM fan to boot.
This latest release may not be for everyone; certainly those that like their music a little harder will most likely lose patience with this release. For me though, I can only marvel at the pleasantly persistent wave upon wave of intricacies that are the perfect backdrop to the accompanying comic book (which is a stroke of genius).