Ulrich Schnauss @ Bell House

The weather outside was frightful, but the music was so delightful.  Was it ever so delightful.  For those who trekked through the blizzard-like conditions to see Ulrich Schnauss perform at the Bell House, the music made all the difference in forgetting the Snowmageddon occurring outside and making the trip worthwhile.  The electronic whiz from Germany performed to about a hundred and fifty or so, a far cry from the potential crowd had the weather held up.  Nevertheless, the electronic shoegazer was not going to let Mother Nature ruin the evening and performed a masterful show at the Brooklyn venue.

Sitting behind his Macbook and in front of continuous loop of structures and landscapes, Schnauss sat comfortably and performed with relative ease a stream of songs made up from his heralded discography, including some new, unreleased material.  The set ranged from smooth, ambient tracks to those with enough melody and bass to bob your head into next week.  His musical spectrum is limitless, and whether you're a die-hard fan or a casual listener, his set offered something for everyone.  It was obvious that a fair amount of those in attendance came only for Ulrich and, having conversed with a few, have attentively followed his work and were thrilled to see a rare performance.  I would like to thank Ulrich and his management for sending over a set list of the show, which was as such:

Untitled New Song
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Ten Years
Her and the Sea
Love Forever
Never Be the Same
Untitled New Song
Look at the Sky
Untitled New Song
Ships Will Sail
I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance
On My Own
Back Down to Earth

Overall, the show was fantastic and I really wish the weather would have held up because I think a lot of people will regret missing an opportunity to see this electronic wonder.  After the show, a couple fans had noticed I was recording his set and I explained that the content would be featured online and that it would be uploaded shortly.  Unfortunately, as I was trying to capture Ulrich's performance, I was continuously interrupted by a fan and his obsessive yelling.  So, I was only able to capture the first three-fourths of his set, sans encore, with decent audio and video.  Videos of the show are below:

Update: Below is the video for "Ten Years"; by request of Ulrich, I will not upload any untitled new songs. For those of you who were curious, the visuals were created by Mauritius Seeger aka Dr. Mo.

Ulrich Schnauss @ Bell House Ulrich Schnauss @ Bell House Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on February 27, 2010 Rating: 5
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