ALBUM REVIEW: Mapstation – My Frequencies, When We | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 26.02.21







Holed up in his studio by the Rhine, Stefan Schneider pared down his equipment and approach. Self-isolated from any collaborators, he raised the drawbridge and dived down deep into his own electronica world. A world we enter through smoking, whirling machines soon morphs into a hum which then flows into a many faceted intensity. No tunes, no dancing here.

Synthesised soundscapes are interrupted by occasional bursts of static energy rather than percussive presence. It is calming but never predictable. A quieter Kraut-electronica. For someone often inspired by African and South American folk and sound, there is the essence of African beats on Flute Channels, but for the most part if this is world music then it is not necessarily of this world.



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