Aparde Delivers New Album of Deep, Dark Electronica
'Alliance' LP is scheduled for May 28 release.
Alliance is the German musician’s fourth album, following 2019’s Hands Rest, also on Ki Records. It sees him retreating from his recent experimentations with avant-garde pop back into the world of deep, and often dark, electronica.
For his previous album, Aparde, real name Paul Schröder, ventured outside Berlin’s club scene through the use of his voice, which gave his music a softer and more intimate edge. Alliance is no less intimate, we’re told, except this time “the musician’s vulnerability seeps through the cracks rather than taking center stage.”
“This album was about focusing on something that calmed me down and brought me away from reality,” says Aparde. When he says “away from reality,” he doesn’t mean into dreamy, ethereal soundscapes, but rather a deep dive into dystopian atmospheres of drone sounds and chewed-up drum machines.
With Alliance, Aparde “brings listeners deep into his soul, a soul that is at times conflicted and agitated and at times low-key and solemn,” the label says. “And as he does so, the listener’s own mood is muted and lifted in a journey of quest, dance, and healing.”
05. The Shift
07. Know You
Alliance LP is scheduled for May 28 release. You can pre-order it here, and stream “Know You” in full below.