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Friday, Sep 19 2014 | 12:29
Image: 1592019 Red Hot label The Gym present the debut album Schimansk’s Black Lullabies from Dollkraut.

Always in search of ancient mysteries’ - Pascal Pinkert a.k.a. Dollkraut celebrates a mystical
love for the space age which leaves the listener breathless with its celestial romanticism. Amalgamating
influences from 80's Electro Funk, A and B-movie soundtracks to 70's easy listening,
the Dutch composer, synth-wizard and vocalist creates a distinctive aesthetic that’s both
nostalgic and futuristic.
His debut LP ‘Schimanski's Black Lullabies’ bellows ‘Cinema’ throughout its wide-spread and
epic travel and using vintage vocoders and filters, Dollkraut sings haunting themes on several
of the albums songs.
After years of releasing singles on Doppelschall, !K7 and Permanent Vacation amongst others,
Dollkraut finally presents his debut LP ‘Schimanski's Black Lullabies’, a release that marks
his return to Brandt Brauer Frick and their co-owned label The Gym but - more importantly -
his florescence as a producer of daring and idiosyncratic electronic music.
The album is inspired not only by the sounds of the 60's, 70’s and 80’s but more specifically by
a kind of cult zeitgeist of each respective era. Nourished by TV programs like "The Scene" and
by OSTs, it’s flecks of Miami Bass and Off-key Electronica coupled with the use of B-Movie
snippets all work to provide a true insight into Dollkraut’s depth as a producer.
With a clear and consistent narrative throughout, the LP opens out for ‘Rollercoaster’ that initiates
a purposeful charge though churning organ tones and walking guitar melodies before a
cinematic theme opens up the landscape even more which works to contradict any expectations
of a House music album people may have had after Dollkraut's dancefloor hit "Loot".
This sequence theme, which seems to evoke the spirits of movie composers Bruno Nicolai or
Guido & Maurizio de Angelis, is reprised two times further on the album, creating a framework
and a lesson on superb re-instrumentation at the same time. Back on the dancefloor, the deliciously
mangled 80’s synth-pop tones of ‘The Stars And You’ take the foreground with a
haunting vocal line that makes this song an early highlight on the album as it spreads an elegant
breakdance vibe.
‘NSFW’ follows up with synth stabs and squelching blobs of acid scattered over a broken, late
70’s Electro beat before ‘Fire’ omits a ghostly, sunken glow that hypnotizes with nothing more
than a vocal, a darkly shining pad, a kick and a snare.
The tumbling Samba rhythms and Arabesque melodies of ‘Zaghrouta’ then give way to the
haunting minor-key and vocoder combination in ‘The Scene’ which precedes the predominantly
drum machine driven dancefloor destroyer ‘Theme Of Fukoyama.
The scattered hats and spring reverberated claps of ‘Amadou’ are then followed by another
standout song: ‘Yushkevic’, with especially emotional vocals by Dollkraut. Melody and
harmonies are equally reminiscent of traditional music from the Middle Orient and from the
Balkans. ‘Yushkevic’ will also appear on a single together with ‘The Stars And You’ and
remixes of both songs

A1. Intro "Too much For One Guy”
A3. La Banda Dello Scorpione SEQ. 6
B1. The Stars And You
B3. Fire
C1. Interlude "Get In The Car"
C2. Zaghrouta (Part 1)
C3. The Scene
C4. Amadou Ft. Bafana
D1. Theme Of Fukuyama
D2. La Banda Dello Scorpione - SEQ.7
D3. Yushkevic
D4. La Banda Dello Scorpione - SEQ.2
D5. Outro "I won't Be Here When You Get Back" Available from 28.11.2014
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