Berlin-based musician and producer Matthias Grübel works as a composer soundtracking theatre productions.
Over the years the sound of his solo projects has morphed into a moving and ambitious blend of contemporary electronic music on the one side and the more experimental textures rooted in his stage music work on the other - always with a strong focus on a 'listening' approach in both arrangements and production.
The EP‚ ‘The Longest Year In History' (Audiobulb Records) marked Matthias Grübel’s first release under his real name. In 2020 he follows on from the ‘Atlantika’ single with a work of stature in ‘Matters Of Stability’.
SOFTWARE: Ableton Live, Native Instruments Reaktor.
HARDWARE: Novation Bass Station II, Korg MicroKorg XL, Waldorf Blofeld, Fender Jazzmaster, Fender Concert Amp, various Pedals & Effects.
Matthias Grübel’s latest EP demonstrates the vision and quality of an artist capable of occupying more than one musical world. There is a confidence and maturity in this work with tracks flexing dynamic beats, strong bass and melodic structure. From the strident confidence of Atlantika to the beautifully poignant vocals of Sad Dream #1, this is an artist ready to deliver in the tradition of Apparat or James Holden.
Matthias states that, “this is a record about questions and the rare moments of finding answers. As one finds in shaky times, everything is a matter of stability. It was liberating to focus intensely on this production across 2 months. I tried to think outside any boxes and create something that was fresh and unique, exploring and carefully crafting sonic and emotional spaces alike."
Taken from the forthcoming EP‚ ‘Matters Of Stability’, the hard-hitting but melancholic ‘Atlantika’ combines gritty multi-layered synths, blurry ambience noises, punchy beats and a minimalistic signature guitar line. The work outlines Grübel’s uncompromising approach - hypnotic, leftfield and electro.
Operating in a zone carved out by Depeche Mode, Modeselektor and Simian Mobile Disco the music is both futuristic and edgy.
Berlin’s Matthias Grübel is a composer for theatre productions by day, and his talents for dramatic story telling shows in Atlantika, his latest single, that comes crashing down on you like a roller coaster in slow motion. Through thick layers of synth and noise, Atlantika opens up an abyss and takes you right onto cliff’s edge, leaving you wishing you were an apnoe diver.
He hasn’t released anything in the past five years and this atmospheric crooner marks the first piece of his upcoming new EP to be released on Sheffield’s infamous TruthTable.