The Devil's Walk
Released: Sep 2011
Berlin's Apparat has always been a doe-eyed romantic compared to most of his laptopping brethren, imbuing his glitchy electronic pop with sumptuous textures and a general sense of yearning. On his first album for Mute, his methods are even better suited to his moods, with lush acoustic instrumentation and heartbreaking vocal harmonies. He's become a more ambitious composer, learning from Jeff Buckley, Steve Reich and even Cat Power while maintaining his own signature. Uniformly gorgeous -- almost too gorgeous -- it's perfect for listeners who want to have their cake and wallow in it too.