Boomkat Product Review:
Stefan Schwander's fourth and latest album "the blackout quintet", under the alias Antonelli. The music on "the Blackout quintet" is best described not just as haunting but as positively ghostly. Set in the hours of transition between day and night, in that shadowy no man's land between dusk, darkness and back to dawn. This emphasis on time and time passing is reflected throughout the music and is embodied in the very titles themselves: After the night, the morning, the quiet night, gespenster (ghosts). The music could be said to float somewhere between dancefloor and after-hours, or most accurately to that private zone after after-hours when the party is over and you're floating gently back to reality. Antonelli's melodies create feelings of abandon and paranoia at the same time. In two pieces (topaz, the wave), the intensity of the music is generated by a symphonic, feedbacked wall of sound, which builds up in layer upon insistent layer. “ after the night” invokes the music of Angelo Badalmenti, but it is elsewhere that this impressive album establishes its firmest credentials - "the blackout quintet" does beg to be described as film music, despite there being no film to go with it and nothing to give the music a concrete visual structure. Indeed, "the blackout quintet" is intentionally self-sufficient, and as a result achieves an unfettered freedom and breadth which puts its listeners into a state of semi-delirium, allowing them, if they are lucky enough, to catch a glimpse of a ghost or two. Excellently spooky and a recommended surprise.