Boomkat Product Review:
It clearly helps German composer Alexander Schubert having a background in computer science. He could so easily just rest on his laurels and simply compose for ensembles, as he has done many times, however this would be almost admitting defeat. Instead Schubert uses his enviable computer knowledge to restructure acoustic pieces and process sounds into something altogether more alluring. ‘plays Sinebag is Schubert’s latest full-length and sees the composer rewiring material for his pop project Sinebag and taking it into directions it may never have reached otherwise. Calling music like this ‘pop’ is a stretch for certain, but occasionally the trace of drums, guitar or keyboards appear out of the digital haze and stutter as a sharp reminded that what you’re listening to was once something ‘real’. Schubert doesn’t let this happen often mind you, as for the most part the record finds itself engulfed in a bleating swarm of noises and processes. For some reason I’m reminded of the expert noise of California’s John Weise, while Weise works within noise and punk however Schubert approaches pop, folk and jazz. The fragments are there, but instead of being mere samples are the building blocks for something entirely new altogether.