Ulrich Troyer ‘Songs for William’

Ulrich Troyer / Songs for William

CD / Digital 

Deep Medi Musik / Released August 2011


What does it sound like? 

Industrial dub, anyone? Outside the realm of the warehouse party there’s probably not that much to be thankful for when these two micro genres collide. Except for this work of pure experimentalism; a veritable lesson in opium snoozing.

That the release also comes with a comic strip created by the artist (in which the protagonist is a guitar pedal), should go some way to pointing out quite how other worldly this package is, but don’t let that put you off. Like the easy on the eye drawings, the music is pretty quick to saturate you in expansive goodness. Referencing King Tubby as much as Swayzak, here ethereal harmonies meet the sharp edges of metallic percussion and steely hats with impressive results.

Where would I dance to it? 

In a room with soft contrast washing over you, while everything plays out in super slow motion.

What highlights can I expect to hear? 

Eurocity to Munich boasts something of the childlike qualities people may (or may not) be familiar with King of Woolworths for. Playful organs emit laidback tones while a kickless rhythm, padded out by distant toms and sauntering cymbals, nods to the roots of this sound. Elsewhere Driving To Cologne adds another transport themed gem to the crown, this time with a seemingly abstract tempo that’s structured, in part, by the sound of a computer console circa 1972. At least that’s what it reminds us of, anyway.

Though hard to really pinpoint the standout moments to simply say the eight deeply detailed and extensively textured tracks resemble each other would suggest that’s a bad attribute. It isn’t when things are this well realised, meaning opting for any of the other six tunes- whether that’s the suspenseful chords and reverberated bass of Lost In Addis or the shimmering synth harmonies of closing number Shoegazing Muff– will still leave you satisfied.

Why should I pay for it? 

It’s the only way to find out what happens to William, the musical gadget-turned-central character in the graphic novella.

Where can I buy it?