Longstanding producer Ulrich Schnauss has announced that his fourth album, A Long Way to Fall, will be released in early 2013 via Domino (in North America), with his own Scripted Realities imprint handling the rest of the world. Featured here, the LP’s title track is a delicate tune featuring a mellow, twangy melody that weaves itself into an atmosphere of gentle voices, airy synth pads, and subdued drum work. According to a press release, A Long Way to Fall is a departure from Schnauss’ usual offerings, as he explains, “Throughout the last decade, I recorded three albums that were trying to translate the early ’90s shoegaze aesthetic into an electronic context. After finishing the last album, Goodbye, I felt a need for a change of direction.” We certainly hear that change on “A Long Way to Fall,” but thankfully, the artist’s indelible knack for sweeping soundscapes and emotive melodies remains intact.

A Long Way To Fall