Since the beginning of the last decade, Ulrich Schnauss has been something of a standard-bearer for ambient electronica. Over the years, his hallmark of richly-layered instrumentals and deep affection for the shoegaze genre has appeared in various guises, ranging from his celebrated solo work, to countless collaborations, DJ performances and high-profile remixes.
Schnauss first came to my attention way back in May 2003 when On My Own was included on a cover-mounted CD that came free with (the now sadly defunct) Manchester music magazine, Jockey Slut.
On My Own is a remarkable example of what can be achieved when a musician is brave enough to cross-pollinate two strikingly different genres of music. Here a waspish indie bass-hook is infused with gushing ambient textures, breathless vocals and a blurring of laser-guided bleeps... I've been meaning to post this for a while now, party because the song is fantastic, and partly because the video (a DIY job by a fan) is really rather good.
Click on the picture to see the video.