• Formats: Cassette Tape, Digital
  • Price: $5.00
  • Artist: Functionary
  • Release Date: March 2014
  • Catalog ID: PAR037

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Live at Lake Paradise / Cassette Tape, Digital / PAR037


Albert Schatz keeps himself extremely busy with music. When we first encountered Al in Chicago, he was “holding down” the bass in all-time fav weirdo pop band Bird Names. From there he formed the intoxicating, in-and-out of the groove drums and synth project, Wume, with partner April Camlin. Nowadays,when not traversing the world running sound for Dan Deacon or recording with Wume, Al sits down with his box of synthesizers and crafts the exploratory and hypnotic music known as Functionary.

Starting with an open koscmiche meditation with fast-picked tremolo guitar from Otto Junker, the duo then fall into fantastical arpeggio wonderland, rich and bubbly. Several single line melodies and delayed versions of themselves, create a rhythmic machine that slowly moves thru harmonic phases, true minimalism. The next piece operates in a similar manner, but the mood is a bit darker and the groove a bit more heavy, with dynamic bits of drum machine occasionally flirting with the echo machine. As the A side closes out, the kick drum alternates with the synths resulting in complex time signatures that are too hard to count, and yet they feel groovy as all hell.

Side B starts with an alien sonic bang blast before settling into a bumpy groove that mixes synth pad swells, jumpy syncopated synth bass, and drums that settle into a chilly groovy yet mechanical beat. Al once said that Harald Grosskopf’s Synthesist, is the album that “started it all” for him, and we can certainly here that influence on the final cut, but also a pinch of late 80s dance & experimental disco.

Recorded Live at Lake Paradise (pretty all right HQ), August 2013