Tobias Schmidt

Destroy

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Characterized by a dark tone more than anything, Tobias Schmidt's Destroy album feels intentionally cold, as though the producer were focusing his efforts more on emotive response than the traditional dancefloor-orientated approach. This poetic nihilism is the direct result of the individual sounds that the producer chooses to assemble his tracks, which tend to radiate a particular sense of din, feeling almost malevolent. Of course, dark vibes aren't new to techno; in fact, they seem rather suited towards the mechanical musical style. Schmidt seems to understand this and exploits this generic convention to his benefit. Yet, to simply focus on the poetics of the album would be a disservice to the courageous songwriting that he has done here; where techno once consisted of arranged rhythm tracks layered upon one another, the songs on this album take a less anchored approach to rhythm, rarely reserving themselves to simple loops, instead slowly evolving over the course of the song -- it almost feels spontaneously composed, in fact. Furthermore, the relatively down-tempo pace of the rhythms don't make this a great dancefloor record anyway, so it only seems logical that Schmidt had written these nomadic rhythms with the home-listener in mind rather than the DJ.

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