As individuals may know, Schleusolz is coming out with two albums simultaneously – The Weinheim Experiment and 10 Movies. Both are coming out in the middle of this summer, and represent two different facets of the band’s inimitable sound. Where “10 Movies” is the more straight-ahead electronic release, “The Weinheim Experiment” is a title that really shows Schleusolz touching upon all the numerous musical genres that represent their formative years. While an individual can definitely hear hints of the seedy seventies underbelly of music during “Sid Goes Dancing”, there is a much more time-tested sound broached during their version of “Claire De Lune”.
However, the band makes their most expansive efforts when “Polyphobia” begins the album, as there seems to be as much of a subtle nod made to the music of Rush as there is to Klaus Schulze. Where each of the tracks on “The Weinheim Experiment” seem influenced by a scintillating set of artists ranging from the fifties on, there is no resting for Schleusolz here on “The Weinheim Experiment” Rather, with each additional track they commit themselves to on the title, there is a different side of the act revealed. It is only by the end of the title that listeners can get a semblance of the diverse entity that is the act. Where acts are moving again towards the single rather than a cohesive album-based sound, Schleusolz carefully crafts a thought that plays out fully on this title.
While there are songs that can work in a single-oriented market, such as the act’s take on “Superboy”, enjoying it in bites rather than buffet seems to miss a great deal of the allure that the title brings to the table. Where the reach of mass-market acceptable music has gradually narrowed from including acts like Zappa and Manfred Mann at the same time to Lady Gaga and Ke$ha currently, Schleusolz continues to carry the multi-colored flag of diversity. No two tracks are the same here, and I know that I would prefer this eclectic sound over a cut by numbers one any day of the week. If you agree with me, buy “The Weinheim Experiment” when it is released.
Top Tracks: The Numberer, Polyphobia
Schleusolz – The Weinheim Experiment / 2010 Self / 18 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/schleusolz