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Driven relentlessly by a trippy, whimsical, almost childlike desire to create soundscapes and themes to movies that run only in the listener’s mind, Frankfurt, Germany based studio wizards Worsel Strauss and Schani Wolf - collectively known as SCHLEUSOLZ - created on their compelling 2009 debut Running Out Of Time, a fascinating modern “Retronica” vibe with a swirl of colorful melodies, beats and sounds that hailed from the outskirts of spaceage/electronica. The band have now returned not with one but with two very different albums. On The Weinheim Experiment, an eclectic 18-track collection, SCHLEUSOLZ keeps that Retronica vibe alive but adds more organic textures to create a truer band sound - complete with vocals, a few cover tunes and, for those who still appreciate great album art, a nostalgic CD booklet featuring sepia tones, old photos and scribbled and typed cryptically cool diary entries from 1959-1961. The visuals are all part of the mystique surrounding everything SCHLEUSOLZ creates. While their uplifting debut album captured some of the most feel-good aspects of the music of the 50’s, 60’s, 80s and the future, The Weinheim Experiment - relying more on hardware than software- adds what Strauss calls “a few more border violations.” There’s pop, progressive, jazz, disco, electronic, modern composition, auditory illusions, classical and the long forgotten art of the protest song. The key is continuing to entertain while also giving the listener substance behind the fun in case they want to dig deeper.
On 10 Movies, a sweeping electro-symphonic 12 track collection, SCHLEUSOLZ creates a powerful, cinematic album with strictly instrumental themes to non-existent films, many with fully orchestrated scores. Wolf came up with the idea to do a movie album as a platform to do longer film-like soundtracks and pieces that needed time to develop, expand and run deeper than their eclectic rock-electronica music. The duo is joined on this album by rock performer Antes Zeppelin, a part time member of the collective.
“Combining banks and bank of synths, beats, and melodies that seem to come from a manical, demented intergalactic carnival, The Weinheim Experiment is a futuristic, trippy journey through space rock electronica, dark rock, cosmic disco, classical composition, and a strangely retro feeling to create . . . I’m not sure what they created, but it’s one freaky, avante garde ride that’s for sure. A full out, wild psychotic ride no matter where you get on.” Ripplemusic
“A couple guys from Frankfurt who use the entire palette of electronic music to create songs that are absolutely impossible to turn off. These pieces are impossibly bright, impossibly catchy and impossibly virtuosic. This might be the most accessible art music you've ever heard. There's a lot of experimentation, but it is cached within some of the tastiest hooks and slinkiest grooves around. Pick a track, any track. If you're not hooked, then it's more than possible that you're not human.” A&A
“When most folks think of German electronic music, difficult artsy artists usually come to mind. The Weinheim Experiment stands out because the songs on this album are almost the exact opposite. These compositions are bright and upbeat and almost purely accessible to the average listener. There's a lot to digest here and Strauss and Wolf present no less than eighteen different tracks that feature a variety of different sounds and styles.” babysue
“This record definitely reads as a movie transcript with something for everyone out there. Just as you get lost in a movie, your imagination will run wild as you experience this full-length, feature film album. You will get an album full of soundscapes & instrumental themes that will put your mind to the test. This concept of mixing movie themes with orchestra music and electronica is simply intriguing to the listener. What you get here from Schleusolz is a well-written script complete with an electronic symphony orchestra. Get ready as Worsel Strauss & Schani Wolf set the stage for summer blockbusters to come or not to come.” Skope Magazine
“The same desire to make their compositions dense and detailed is present here, meaning that listeners will have to give each of the album’s 12 cuts a few listens before properly understanding the band’s angle. While there are some disparate approaches and styles to be had on “10 Movies”, Schleusolz is an act that ties in certain commonalities to all songs here. The electronic, instrumental type of music that the act comes out with here may not be what is currently popular on radio, but the care in which these tracks were created should act like a beacon for those fans of all forms of music.” NeuFutur Magazine
"… yielding a perplexing yet intriguing array of soundscapes whose majestic instrumentation and grandiose nuances could very well fit into soundtracks from major motion pictures. Employing an eclectic juxtaposition of atmospheric synths, classical music influence, dramatic compositions, lounge tones that range from dark to cosmic, this act pushes the imagination into overdrive while attempting to attain a cinematic scope suitable for the creativity of the listener to run unencumbered." Ear Candy Mag
RUNNING OUT OF TIME
.."Wow!!! This record is one wild ride and nothing like I’ve heard before. The entire record to me is just so zany, wacky, quirky and fun yet so appealing. This album will make you stop clear in your tracks and make you think to yourself, “What the hell did I just hear, holy cow!” Skope Magazine
"Schleusolz is the product of a modern-day musical Dr. Frankenstein, chopping and mixing equal parts bad German synth techno pop, cheesy lounge music, the soundtrack to a broken carnival ride, the bonus level of a Sega Genesis game, and something you might hear in the waiting room for an S&M torture chamber." Atlanta Guardian
"Whatever this stuff is, it’s definitely worth hearing. Yes, it may induce a headache, but then where would we be without such classic mind bending albums as Trout Mask Replica? In a far worse place, my friends. Weirdly brilliant." Bullz-Eye Magazine
"Running Out Of Time doesn't just break down barriers, it smashes them to pieces with a musical sledgehammer while Schleusolz giggles with glee. Schleusolz is one of those rare acts who are so original and unique that there really isn't a term to describe them." Wildy's World
"If Terry Gilliam were to direct a post-apocalyptic disco film that takes place on a German space station/roller-skating rink, this would be the perfect soundtrack to accompany it." The Blarg
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