Due out in early 2013, the new album marks a "change in direction" for the German electronic producer.
"My music taste changes every eight to ten years, I think," Schnauss told RA's Ben Oliver in a recent edition of Machine Love. A Long Way To Fall seems to be a case in point, with stronger rhythms and lead melodies than anything he's put out in recent memory. Schanuss explains it this way:
"Throughout the last decade, I recorded three albums that were trying to translate the early 90's shoegaze aesthetic into an electronic context. After finishing the last album, Goodbye, I felt a need for a change of direction... While I had spent a couple of years mainly listening to songwriting based music (a lot of 'indie'/band-type stuff), I was now rediscovering my love for electronic music based on more open structures. This provided the main inspiration of trying to record an album that would celebrate the synthesizer as the very capable musical instrument that it is, but without the need to disguise them behind a wall of echo and reverb."
A Long Way To Fall is due out early next year on Domino and Schnauss's own label, Scripted Realities. It will be preceded by visual pieces for the tracks "Ritual In Time And Death" and "I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance," the latter of which will also be released as a single with remixes from ASC and Tycho. You can stream the title track right now via SoundCloud.
01. Her And The Sea
02. Broken Homes
03. Like A Ghost In Your Own Life
04. A Long Way To Fall
05. I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance
06. A Forgotten Birthday
07. The Weight Of Darkening Skies
08. Borrowed Time
09. Ten Years
10. A Ritual In Time And Death
Domino and Scripted Realities will release A Long Way To Fall in early 2013.