CQBL027 | BALDRUIN | NACHFALTER | C30
[Ltd. 100 Moonsilver on Dusk]
"Complete enchantment: A feeling of timeless magic, that strange type of shifting, like hiking through the woods as day turns to dusk, protected from the oncoming darkness as the final strands of light enter through the trees; a magical peace. This situated, enclosed feeling is all I could think about while listening to Baldruin’s Nachtfalter (Brave Mysteries). On this tape, Johannes Schebler executes a relentless aesthetic, regardless of the instruments, compositions, or elements."
"Nachfalter blends dark environment with magical, bright and fascinating life. This contrast makes the album both interesting on a conceptual level and dynamic on the musical side. As it contradict itself in a fantastic dreamy way, it makes the listener set dry bones as the dreaded borders for this journey, and then follow the warm, wild heart to where it desires."
Oren Ben-Yosef, Culture Is Not Your Friend!
"A lovely collection of psychedelic folk and post-industrial pieces alike, sole musician Johannes Schebler's dreamy, free-flowing approach to music would appease any fans of Loren Chasse, Glenn Donaldson, or Stephen R. Smith's work. Harmonious guitar loops act as a backing track for percussive violins, chiming bells, and almost inaudible voices; a picturesque effort, bringing forth visions of sunlight through forest canopies and endless meadows. An immensely strong effort from Mr. Schebler, enough to where I've been scouring the internet for more of his music. Get this."
"... Schebler crafts his music to sound like excerpts from a bigger whole, or maybe sketches to something much bigger. The long and dark labirynth of sounds only sometimes provides a glimpse of light or a chance of reference to any other band or project (like the beginning of “Wildwuchs” which brings to mind the quieter, non-rock moments of Amon Düül II), but what prevails on Nachtfalter is the general sense of disorientation. Not in an aggressive, sensory overload way. Baldruin manages to get the listeners lost through the use of subtle sounds, quiet drumming, skeletal drones, cavernous sounds which blend and mix in various proportions, never forming any actual melody or a frame and never expanding into something more pronounced. Nachtfalter sounds like a compilation of Schebler’s ideas, a series of short, brief glimpses into the mind of a tireless experimentalist. It’s almost like a full, finished movie that consists only of teasing, short fragments of interesting, exciting scenes that never really go anywhere, but rather are there to present the bare framework. Baldruin’s cassette is such a bare framework, too."
Video for "Wildwuchs": vimeo.com/33877103
Video for "Hohlraum": vimeo.com/37304642
available via www.bravemysteries.com/shop.html
released 29 February 2012
Baldruin is Johannes Schebler