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Steve Hauschildt
Where All Is Fled (September 25, 2015)

Steve Hauschildt — Where All Is Fled (September 25, 2015)

   Steve Hauschildt — Where All Is Fled (September 25, 2015)
Born: 1984 in Bay Village, Ohio
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Album release: September 25, 2015
Record Label: Kranky
Duration:     67:00
01 Eyelids Gently Dreaming     5:57 
02 Arpeggiare     7:32 
03 A Reflecting Pool     3:10 
04 Anesthesia     4:25 
05 Vicinities     5:02 
06 Edgewater Prelude     1:22 
07 In Spite of Time's Disguise     5:27 
08 Where All Is Fled     4:23 
09 The World Is Too Much with Us     5:02 
10 Aequus     6:18 
11 Caduceus     5:04 
12 Sundialed     5:34 
13 Lifelike     3:56 
14 Centrifuge     3:48
AllMusic Review by Paul Simpson;  Score: ****
≡   Where All Is Fled is Cleveland synth maestro Steve Hauschildt’s first solo album since the breakup of Emeralds, the beloved ambient trio he co–founded with Mark McGuire and John Elliott (not counting S/H, a 2013 double CD collection of unreleased material and rarities). The album moves away from the new wave melodies and vocoders of his previous full–length, 2012’s Sequitur, and comes a lot closer to the shimmering, arpeggio–heavy soundscapes of 2011’s Tragedy and Geometry, his debut solo album on Kranky. The main difference is that Where All Is Fled has a bit more of a lush, dreamy feel to it, with tracks soaked in a little bit more reverb and sounding slightly more suitable for stargazing. Opener "Eyelids Gently Dreaming" layers heavy, shadowy synth washes to spellbinding effect. A few tracks also have clearer, more upfront melodies; moments like the second half of "Arpeggiare" and the piano–driven beginning of the album’s title track could easily soundtrack a daytime TV drama. Hauschildt prevents things from getting too sterile by keeping the atmospheres fluid and surreal, constructing dizzying, ear–tickling synth melodies that gracefully shift around the cascading textures. Most of the album feels alive and rhythmic, rather than existing as formless drones, but the only track with an actual beat is "Aequus," which develops a wet, thumping ambient techno pulse; combined with chirping, dripping sonics, it’s akin to the Orb at their most magical. "Sundialed" has a simmering Italo–disco–esque bassline, but it keeps cool rather than erupting into a beat. Where All Is Fled builds on Hauschildt’s Berlin–school/kosmische influences while exploring new dimensions, resulting in his most immersive, accomplished solo work yet. ≡   http://www.allmusic.com/
Colin Joyce // September 23, 2015 // Score: 8 of 10
≡   New Age started as a musical genre with a functional purpose. Long before Mike Oldfield was disguising platinum–selling instrumentals in a shimmering haze of gauze and crystal, the late ’60s were rife with records explicitly designed for meditation and yoga. These slowed down and stretched out tapestries of stoned mantras and synth swells that could seem either embarrassingly chintzy or extraordinarily moving depending on the release. It’s taken Cleveland–based Steve Hauschildt reams and reams of magnetic tape to figure out the practical purpose of his own ambient–leaning recordings. But between ambulant keyboard work and track titles like “Anesthesia” and suggest, he’s found his soporific sweet spot on Where All Is Fled — this is Music for Sleepwalking, in its most gleefully otherworldly forms.
≡   An obsession with New Age’s foggy sonics has fueled Hauschildt’s solo work away from the now–defunct Emeralds, who were in their day the closest thing the crystal–clutching underground had to a scene star. His pieces left more room for hope, feeling, and drama in their vision of ambient music than the chilly academics approaching the genre from its alternate edge. Some of the synth sounds and track dynamics he adopted from those profane devotionals were a bit on the cloying side, but Where All Is Fled acts as both celebration of and corrective to those past releases. To that end, Hauschildt’s record opens with the distinctly meditative “Eyelids Gently Dreaming.” A delicate swoon of a synthesizer sinks into a hushed lullaby–like round, but the brilliance of his work on Where All Is Fled is to never let things rest for too long. 11:01 As soon as the bedsores would start to set in, he rouses himself with something like the rumbling pulse of “Aequus” to explore new frontiers with a drizzle of sequenced synthesizer pings.
≡   “Vicinities” represents the most mobile moment in the record’s first half, a disorienting collage of interlocking synth lines light as snow flurries and gently unsettling bass work. The effect’s something like waking up out of a deep slumber into the surrealist landscape on the cover. There’s nothing in sight so you decide to keep moving, only to realize gradually — Inception–like — that you’ve just surfaced in another dream. The only options are to keep moving or to fall asleep again, and Hauschildt’s suggestion is to try both.
≡   It’s a tactic he’s used before on solo records, and even fans of Emeralds will likely be pleased with the interstellar heartstring–tugging of pieces like “In Spite of Time’s Disguise.” But few records he’s made, and even few in the gossamer genres he’s drawing from, have worlds so fully realized. Famously, Brian Eno’s initial codification of ambient music presented a genre that could just as easily function as wallpaper as a conscious listening experience, but Where All Is Fled feels a whole lot more alive than that, even if it unfolds somewhere on the edge of waking life and sleep. It demands attentive listening, only because it can so easily slip into the delirious wonders of foreign realms. Dream logic’s hard to follow, so try and keep up. ≡   http://www.spin.com/
By Patric Fallon; July 31, 2015
≡   http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/17602-steve-hauschildt-where-all-is-fled/
Joseph Burnett, September 23, 2015
≡   http://dustedmagazine.tumblr.com/post/129723667910/steve-hauschildt-where-all-is-fled-kranky
≡   The Summit (Gneiss Things, 2007)
≡   Critique of the Beautiful (Gneiss Things, 2009)
≡   Tragedy & Geometry (Kranky, 2011)
≡   Sequitur (Kranky, 2012)
≡   S/H (Editions Mego, 2013)
≡   Where All Is Fled (Kranky, 2015)

Steve Hauschildt
Where All Is Fled (September 25, 2015)