Boomkat Product Review:
A new work from Die Schachtel, Underneath The Surface is an album that finds Attila Favarelli delving into the realm of electroacoustics and arriving at a strand of music that marries percussive, field recording dissections with very openly melodic synthetic tones. The opening track (all are left untitled) encases what sounds like a freetime harmonium routine within a network of clangs and plosives spanning the extremities of the stereo field. These recorded sounds are processed to breaking point and beyond, but never in a particularly invasive or overly digital fashion; the granularisation of these spacious rhythmic noises seems to be carried out in a fairly old-fashioned way, recalling rudimentary tape treatments. The album shifts into a more drone-like mode for the next two pieces, maintaining a subtly rhythmic presence while dispensing rich, layered tones that exude an air of muffled warmth. These immensely well-crafted concrète sequences are packed with detail and resonance, staying well clear of anything that might be termed minimalism or microsound. The final track comes as something of a departure, casting acoustic drums into the mix. While this might in theory seem like a very strange manoeuvre, the execution is brilliant, and bone-dry recording techniques ensure that the piece has a very seventies-styled krautrock appeal. Highly recommended.