Boomkat Product Review:
Class new album from the versatile Golden Püdel maestro, Richard von der Schulenburg; covering a uniquely graded spectrum of deep acid house rubs and noises, jazzy ambient pop themes tied together with a seductively louche attitude in a gently psychedelic narrative.
Considering his music in terms of an in-house sound, it’s fair to say that Shadows distills a very particular aspect of the Püdel, and by extension, Hamburg, sound across its 12 tracks, taking house - or even more specifically the broad church of acid house - as a mutual, mutable framework for ambient, jazz, smoky pop and electro to sit as comfortably dreamy bedfellows, much like one of its resident’s DJ sets.
And like a skilled DJ set or mixtape, with Shadows RVDS finds a absorbing coherence between related yet sometimes asymmetric sounds like a storyteller spinning yarns, drawing us in with the cosmic acid prelude of Shadows 1 to embark a long, winding cruise thru the hinterlands of acid house, from the opiated, slow rolling drip of Minuet De Vampire to brisk, crisply Sähkö-esque jackers such as Tears and Ghosts, thru to corkscrewing electro hydraulics in Electricity.
But he’s always modulating the pace, too - driving for the journey not the destination - taking detours via ambient jazz in Trees or Sun And Moon In Cat Eyes, ala his Sky Walking project with Lawrence and Christian Naujocks, before hitting the groove again like a Chicago badboy in Energy, before demonstrating his rare touch with deep house in Galanty Show and the delectable Moonlight, coming off like Tin Man’s brother from another mother in the sublime closing touch of Shadows 2.