Apparat "Ash/Black Veil"
The longstanding Mute label has just taken German sound artist Apparat under its wing, announcing that it will release his fourth full-length album late this summer. This track, "Ash/Black Veil," comes from that as-yet-untitled LP, and exhibits the kind of vocal-driven, ambient pop that has come to define producer Sascha Ring's sound. Plucked string instruments skitter from left to right, broken piano melodies plink away in the distance, and a slow-growing swell of electronics rises from underneath the composition to join Ring's airy croon. More live instruments gradually fill out the remaining space in Apparat's driving single, which gives "Ash/Black Veil" an air of UK radio rock without ever feeling like a half-baked pastiche. The artist will soon be hitting the road for a tour with his full live band, the dates of which you can check out after the jump.
28 May - Düdingen, Switzerland - Kilbi Festival, Bad Bonn
2 June - London, UK - Roundhouse (opening for Moby)
4 June - Graz, Austria - Springfestival
18 June - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar
30 June - Augsburg, Germany - Modular Festival
2 July - St Petersburg, Russia - Stereoleto Festival
9 July - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pitch
15 July - Graifenahnichen, Germany - Melt Festival
26 August - Katowice, Poland - Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival