New Maps of Hell
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||The Eraser||Paul Schütze||2:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Topology of a Phantom City||Paul Schütze||16:30||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||The Velvet Horizon||Paul Schütze||6:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Eating the First Map||Paul Schütze||2:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sacred Agents||Paul Schütze||7:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Doubts About Waking||Paul Schütze||4:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Mutant Beautific||Paul Schütze||3:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||All That Was Solid||Paul Schütze||10:18||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Thematically and psychologically similar to The Annihilating Angel (even to the apocalyptic religious imagery of the titles), this CD occasionally looks ahead to Schütze's later work as leader of Phantom City. The title of the CD's longest track is in fact "Topology of a Phantom City," and on this piece, there are strong echoes of the wild electric funk of Miles Davis circa 1975, with strong, groove-oriented percussion supporting the broad smears of De Haan's trombone, and Schütze doing some remarkably strange things with his keyboards, producing unearthly (hellish?) and tormented electronic squeals, howls and groans over the heavy, sinister percussion. Several subsequent tracks have a rhythmic foundation, but most are languid and dreamlike, with a dissonant, uneasy quality, often tinged with melancholy, that pushes them toward the realm of nightmare. The music is hauntingly beautiful but without resolution; it projects a feeling of claustrophobia and entrapment, as if there is no escape from the reality which it represents. The final track, "A Soul Reports," simply drifts off into a nothingness of murmurs, whispers, cavernous echoes, muted gongs and icy drones. Schütze enhances the disquieting atmosphere with an impressive background collection of skillfully integrated sound samples — guttural and/or demented voices, sounds of thunder or earthquake rumbling, dripping water and jets of steam. Call it what you will — ambient, industrial, gothic funk (it is all of these and more) — New Maps of Hell is music of great subtlety and power.
Born: 1958 in Australia
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s