Generally regarded as a landmark electronic music statement, A Strangely Isolated Place is a study in multi-genre lushness. With its melodic swathes of blissed out guitars washes, and swirls of ethereal vocal sweeps, the record builds on its own momentum from one track to another. As far as electronic albums go, this leans more towards guitar-laden shoegaze than anything that came before it, and, in many ways, since. Schnauss’ uncanny ability to seamlessly blur the lines between these genres, is as deft as it is subtle and mesmerizing. Beloved by both indie rock fans and electronica listeners alike, A Strangely Isolated Place is filled with enough dreaminess and ethereal fluidity that you will want to revisit often. Recommended for fans of Slowdive, Boards of Canada, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and 90’s era Warp Records.
– Michael Friedman
Recommended – A1 Gone Forever, C2 Blumenthal, Full Listen
Tags: CD / Downtempo / Shoegaze