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Review: 'Mapstation'
'My Frequencies, When We'   

-  Label: 'Bureau B'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '26.2.21.'

Our Rating:
My Frequencies, When We is the eighth album that Stefan Schnieder has recorded as Mapstation. This album was recorded at his home studio in Dusseldorf and it certainly reflects the cities musical legacy and has been recorded using a Roland 808 alongside a Novation Peak Synth and an analog tape loop machine and the occasional bit of guitar.

The album opens with a basic tone and percussion noises that move around the speakers on No No Staying with hushed vocals that are more tonal than lyrical as keyboard sounds come and go.

Flute channels is a repetitive pulsing sound that has other noises slowly emerging from this rather chilled out tune that feels like you're drifting slowly along.

My Mother Sailor sounds like she's been cast adrift in the middle of an ocean with no easy way back to shore as the minimalist synth pattern feels like the sea almost not moving like you are in the doldrums hoping for just a little breeze to help you along.

Outside Arendt there is a strange chill out room where this tune is always playing and the almost quacking sounds set against the synth tone make perfect sense of everything happening around you.

Actual Possible sounds like music to watch a tropical fish tank too when you're mildly tripping. Taro Zing Ta is early morning mind melding meditation music that seems to have sampled some church bells and then treated them and set them against the odd synth and percussion.

To A Single Listener like the one writing this review this sounds as laid back as the rest of the album with the odd time signatures on the percussive stabs and almost swirling in the background synth, this makes slow deliberate progress.

The City In feels like it should be bathed in green, red and yellow light as you cruise through the city in the middle of the night with this playing full blast looking for all the people he's singing about as the persistent percussion feels like the tarmac rushing beneath your wheels.

Antistasis is all pulses and strange tones to help lift you out of your torpor and back to reality or just normal life after lockdown.

The album closes with Train Of Gerda that sounds like it's gently approaching the buffers in a long forgotten siding and they are ready to put it to bed for the night.

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  author: simonovitch

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