Formed in 1987 by Markus Reinhardt and Pompejo Ricciardi and soon after by Oliver Reinhardt. It wasn't too long after this that Pompejo left and was replaced by Peter Heppner. The lineup changed yet again and the band has remained since then as the duo Peter Heppner (vocals) and Markus Reinhardt (electronics). Hailing from Germany, they managed to do some local shows and get some local recognition, but it wasn't until some time later that they were able to sign with Strange Ways Records and release their first single "Sparrows and the Nightingales" which has gained fame worldwide over the past decade and a half and continues to receive a lot of club and airplay today. It wasn't until 1992 that the debut album No Happy View was released. However this album has been an excellent selling work and masterpiece by this duo. Over the following years, several more albums and works were released until 2000 when they took a break. However, during this time they were signed to Metropolis Records in the United States and has proven to be a great success. While events of 2001 postponed their plans to tour the states, they are still planning on touring in the future and have just released another new album.|
The sound of Wolfsheim is becoming almost legendary along the same status and quality as such synthpop bands as De/Vision and Beborn Beton who produce a similar style as well. While there are many great synthpop elements in their sound, they also incorporate a few classical elements and stick with a slightly mellow style especially with their latest release. Yet they've still managed to release several dance club classics.
For those fans of synthpop, I think this latest release is something that has been long anticipated and won't be disappointing. Check out some of the latest on Gothic Paradise radio.
Casting Shadows - Review
After the extremely popular album Spectators, it is with great anticipation that I and other fans awaited the release of this new work by these legendary synthpop artists. With the dreamy and sometimes melancholy tone that is present in their work, this new album follows perfectly in their trademark sound and unique style and sequences. Since I picked it up it's spent a lot of time in my CD player as I've listened to each delightful and easy-going track.
I think the first thing to note on this album is the increasingly laid-back sound with a few floor-stompers but in general just great listening outside of the club. Of course Peter lends his unique tenor vocals to this masterpiece as in the past. And Markus manages to pull together the excellent musical compositions with beautiful synths and variable percussion and rhythms. The emotional factor is huge in this work with tracks like "Care for You" and "I Won't Believe" as just a couple of examples with mid-tempo sequences that build and fade, grow and sway with the smooth vocals and excellent music.
Favorites of mine are the more danceable tracks on this album. I'm sure this will vary from listener to listener, but I think there is something for everyone, even a good mix of lyrics in English and German. I would point out that the moving track "Find You're Gone" seems to build on an opposite theme of the famous "Once in a Lifetime" in that having lost someone would leave someone happy rather than sad. Of course the music mixed with the vocals and these intelligent lyrics is what really pulls it all together for me. It has a sort of groovy bassline to go with the steady, but moving beat. The german track "Wundervoll" is another along these same lines that has a nice dance beat that is quite catchy. And finally, "Approaching Lightspeed" is the next track and the last of 3 nice dance tracks.
So we're left with another great work just full of great material. A little bit of something for everyone, this album should be another great album that will please many music fans all over.
Label: Metropolis Records