Apparat: The Devil’s Walk

Sascha Ring, better known as Apparat, is one of the few individuals to successfully shift artistic efforts back and forth between dance-style electronic to ambient. Previously a solo act, Apparat released his latest album, The Devil’s Walk,  as a four-piece- furnished with guitar, keyboard and drums. Sascha, as always, creates unique sounds and feelings to back his tracks, as well providing wispy vocals, reminiscent of Bono in the forefront. The album sets an eerie trance, and maintains a dream-like quality throughout its progression, that being said, Tracks 5, 8 and 9 are more up-stroke. Most of the tracks on the album are structured with build-ups, complications and occasionally bring-downs. While The Devil’s Walk still maintains some of its roots in the digital world, there seems to be far fewer digital tones and qualities than most of his previous works.

Reviewed by David Simon on 9/28
RIYL: Ambient, James Blake, Native son
REC: 8, 3,  9-(instrumental)
FCC Warning: NONE
Label : Mute
Release Date: Sept 20, 2011