Ulrich Troyer – Songs For William 2

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The first track of Songs For William 2 by Ulrich Troyer immediately gives the listener a taste of dub. The Tyrolese artist, who has been based in Vienna for a long time, suspends himself between illustration, architecture and acoustic research. The experimenter behind 4BIT (we remember his Somatic Soundtracks enriched by the choreography of Georg Blaschke) always looks to mix up multiple artistic fields, exploring the edges of various schools. This project combines reggae, dub and afrobeat elements with more abstract conceptualisms and has been released alongside a graphic novel that describes the inner world of cables and other equipment. As the album progresses we encounter less ‘traditional’ sounds, with glitches and highly dilated environmental noises being featured. Some of these abstract electronics confuse the references and make the whole a bit vague and dim. Due to the particular nature of this approach a general evaluation is difficult: there are too many diverse elements to locate this work within defined strategies or established experimental tendencies. Many people might find the adherence to a sound as specific dub to be too preponderant in this album; on the other hand applying avant-garde innovations to a tradition that hasn’t fully opened itself up to contemporary attitudes may come across as excessive. But if you don’t spend too much time on this contrast, there is much to appreciate in Songs for William 2; an authentic work that speaks of commitment and great passion.

Ulrich Troyer – Summer Reverb [Songs for William 2]

Ulrich Troyer – Songs For William 2