Apparat_credit_PhilSharp_smApparat, aka Sascha Ring, has announced details of a new album, LP5, launching with the first taste of what to expect from the Berlin based artist in the form of new single ‘Dawan’.

LP5 is Apparat’s first release since 2013’s Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre), and follows two studio albums, II and III (Mute / Monkeytown) by Moderat, the trio he founded with Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary.

Sublime and delicate, the album finds greatness in small things and in unexpected twists; it joins musical fragments together and glows from the cracks in between. For Ring, it is also a document of artistic insight and autonomy. “I was only able to make the record this way because Moderat exists,” he says. “Having a huge stage with Moderat gave me a setting for grand gestures and meant I could unburden Apparat from these aspirations. I don’t have to write big pop hymns here; I can just immerse myself in the details and the structures.” 

Still hymnic, LP5 doesn’t rely on dramatic gestures and theatrical amplification, instead it lives off delicately sculpted sounds crackling alongside filigree beeping and twitching.

Like previous Apparat albums, the new release sees Sascha Ring collaborate with cellist Philipp Thimm and on the album you can also hear trombone, trumpet and saxophone, a harp, a double bass and other strings. Tracks were developed over endless group improvisations and lavish orchestral sessions – some of these sessions are only apparent in the final mix as fluttering echoes, just barely noticeable. The album was recorded in Berlin at AP4, JRS, Vox-Ton & Hansa Studios, mixed by Gareth Jones and Sascha Ring.

Apparat will embark on a European tour in April, with two UK dates – Brighton’s Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts on 26 April and London’s Barbican on 27 April, full details below.

3 April – CZ – Prague – Spectaculare festival – NEW
5 April – IT – Naples – Teatro Acacia
6 April – IT – Bologna – Estragon
7 April – IT – Milano – Alcatraz
10 April – LV – Riga – Palladium – NEW
11 April – LT – Vilnius – Loftas Art Factory
12 April – UA – Kiev – Film Studios
16 April – DE – München – Alte Kongresshalle
17 April – FR – Paris – La Gaite Lyrique – SOLD OUT
18 April – DE – Hamburg – Kampnagel
19 April – NL – Rotterdam – Motel Mozaique
20 April – NL – Amsterdam – Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ
23 April – DE – Leipzig – Täubchenthal
26 April – UK – Brighton – Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
27 April – UK – London – Barbican
28 April – BE – Brussels – AB
3 May – SI – Llubljana – Kino Šiška – NEW
04 May – AT – Krems – Donau Festival
10 May – DE – Berlin – Tempodrom
17 May – RU – Moscow – Izvestia Hall – RESCHEDULED
18 May – RU – St. Petersburg – Aurora – NEW
30 May – ES – Barcelona – Primavera Sound Festival – NEW
22 Jun – PL – Katowise – Tauron Nowa Muzyka – NEW
26 July – CH – Lugano – Roam Festival – NEW
10 August – CH – Basel – Kaserne Open Air – NEW


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