Due to its abstract nature, the possibility that wordless music gives in terms of representation of the interior life could be very hard to fully enhance. The building of a proper narration of the soul, the ability to really share what lies within, demands a level of maturity that is really hard to find, especially in the works of a young artist.
But Fritschs’ One Last Time is for sure a wonderful exception.
Born in Italy and actually based in Berlin, Fritschs (aka Federico Andreoni), is a twenty-two years old producer who began making music when he was around eleven, mixing and djying in the clubs of his hometown, and then started to use software music sequencer as Ableton and Logic during his teen-age years, producing both techno and ambient music.
Fascinated by the german electronic music scene, after obtaining his high-school diploma, Federico moved to Berlin where he currently studies sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, a discipline which has always played an important role in his life and his music.
For him, in fact, there is no concrete difference between what he does as a musician and as a sculptor. In his vision, both consists in peculiar way of shaping things, it does not matter if they are material, like iron or marble, or immaterial, as sound waves.
This kind of approach is what makes his works impossible to be described isolating a track from the rest without completely spoiling their reception. It would be like cutting off the head from an half-bust in order to review it.
Also, when it comes to ambient music something more emerges in Fritschs’ production, some sort of demiurgic tendency, the desire to build and set in motion entire worlds, sonically.
One Last Time, his latest ambient EP, previously released on his Bandcamp, is in fact a a delicate projection of the listener into another dimension, a sort of oneiric experience.
“Low Light”, the first track, feels exactly like the threshold to another world, where objects move slower and their silhouettes looks blurry. The structure of the song may seem repetitive, but the alternation between the drone, the synth the skeletal drum and the piano is, in reality, builded with great care. Everyone of the instrument seems always to the point of fading into the crackling sound in the background, they unexpectedly disappear and reappear, keeping this tender tension always alive.
“Nothing To Complain”, the second track, is what lies over the threshold: a different dimension, which, as often happens in sculpture, is not build by addition but by subtraction. The minimalist structure of “Low Light” is forsaken for a much more irregular approach that gives the track the feels of an impromptu. Trough tiny, lo-fi percussions, discreet synths and gently drones, Fritschs sonically molds a comfortable space where the listener can rest quietly. Everything seems still in this dreamlike forest of sounds and yet everything moves, slowly, with patience.
This sensation of utter peace reaches its peak in the third track, “Grace Is Alone”.
A warm looping synth becomes the soft surface where the little percussions gently bounce as raindrops, creating a sense of placid dynamism. Then, unexpectedly, a female voice rises over in a delicate crescendo. The voice, which belongs to a close friend of Fritschs’s and has been recorded by him on the field, without the singer noticing, and then wonderfully mixed with the song, does not say any word, it just chants freely, in peace.
Then, suddenly, everything changes: solid structures reappears in the last track, “Leaving The Place Walking”, progressively devouring the space Fritschs so patiently builded. The feeling of stillness is crushed under pressing drums while a strong sense of anxiety is created by the mechanic drone and the sweltering circularity of the looping synth in the background. A feeble guitar sometimes emerges and disappear, like it is unable to bear the oppressiveness of the other instruments.
The listener’s dreamlike experience is then definitely ended by the male voice continuously calling asking questions: “Hey you! Where are you walking? Where are you going?”.
This last song is an tightening wake-up call that questions the authenticity of the dimension the Fritschs’s has sonically shaped in the previous tracks, and become sort of confront with himself.
Was it real?
One Last Time is an excellent work, so coherent in everyone of its transition to create a sense of wordless narration. The delicate rawness of its sound is perfectly balanced with the precision with which is composed, being both polished and spontaneous, an intimate mix of rationality and sentiment that will convince the listener to keep an eye on Fritschs’ upcoming releases.
Full Listen on Bandcamp below:
One last time by Fritschs
Link to Fritschs’ Soundcloud below: