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Far Away Trains Passing By

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Ulrich Schnauss 11/1/2005

Review

Thanks to Far Away Trains Passing By, an all-too-brief record that encompasses tingly breakbeat, icebox-cold electro, and nippy downtempo, it shouldn't be too long before Berlin's Ulrich Schnauss gets name-dropping of his own in reviews of up-and-coming producers. Within these six tracks, Schnauss earns his comparisons to Boards of Canada and other members of the electronica elite with nary a reservation to be found. It's not only the sheer strength of the majority of these tracks that make the record so enjoyable; the closing and ending numbers neatly bundle everything together, giving it the feel of a concept record without any of the pretensions. From the sun-kissed "Knuddelmaus" to the contemplative "Molfsee," it's a quicksilver spin through an expansive terrain of lush melodies, atmospheres, and beats that alternately jab and tickle. While the paramount "Molfsee" is the easiest point of reference as far as the Boards of Canada comparisons are considered -- with its moody beauty so close to the duo's "Everything You Do Is a Balloon" it isn't funny -- it also beguiles with a melody so spangly that it'll have you running for your Cocteau Twins records to find which song it most resembles. There's only one gripe to be had, and that's the used-up-since-1990 beat that permeates "Nobody's Home," the only track that doesn't work. Otherwise, this is a fine record that should have instant appeal to academic IDM types and melody-lovers alike. [When Domino issued the disc in the U.S., they added a six-track bonus disc that nearly doubled the value of the album proper.] ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Knuddelmaus Ulrich Schnauss 6:56
  3. 2 Between Us and Them Ulrich Schnauss 7:8
  4. 3 Passing By Ulrich Schnauss 6:30
  5. 4 Blumenwiese Neben Autobahn Ulrich Schnauss 6:26
  6. 5 Nobody's Home Ulrich Schnauss 7:33
  7. 6 Molfsee Ulrich Schnauss 8:0
  8. 1 Sunday Evening in Your Street Ulrich Schnauss 6:41
  9. 2 Suddenly the Trees Are Giving Way Ulrich Schnauss 6:16
  10. 3 Nothing Happens in June Ulrich Schnauss 6:7
  11. 4 As If You've Never Been Away Ulrich Schnauss 6:54
  12. 5 Crazy for You Ulrich Schnauss 7:4
  13. 6 Wherever You Are Ulrich Schnauss 6:27

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