I’ve seen him cycle his bike around where I work. There’s a certain grace to the way he peddles, the spokes tending to create great whirling patterns that can literally transfix. He has a beard, a notable one at that, one that not all of us could muster up or have the patience to cultivate. But then one listen to the cultured electronica gives the game away. It could be so easy to hide behind noises artificially produced by machines that have their own intelligence. What Si Schroeder does is hand those inanimate objects back their humanity and in the process create a sound that literally purrs with contentedness. His debut album ‘Coping Mechanisms’ should have landed the Choice Music Prize (Ireland’s Mercury, only murkier) but the industry doesn’t function the way it should I’m afraid. Listening to ‘Lavendermist’ is like bathing your ears in warm goatsmilk, it’s relaxing to the point of REM but try and stay conscious to admire its smooth contours. Simon Kenny is signed to Trust Me I’m A Thief, Ireland’s first post-ironic 21st century record label. KD
Si Schroeder – Lavendermist
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