diNMachine, the experimental pop project of Michael J. Schumacher, is releasing their third album, The Pleasure of Principles, on February 9. Today, The 405 is happy to premiere the first single, ‘L’AGE D’OR’.
The project started in 2012, but Schumacher has long been an active and utterly unpredictable creative force. Trained in classical piano at age five and educated at Juilliard, Schumacher took his talents to New York in the 1980s, becoming part of the experimental scene, where he worked with the likes of Borbetomagus, Charles Curtis, David First, and Elliott Shar. He then started taking on ambitious sound installations projects and exploring the depths of what sound systems are capable of, such as developing a “wavefield synthesis” system in Berlin, comprised of 8000 speakers. Despite all the wires and knobs Schumacher tangles with (and in the case of the former, untangles, no doubts), he’s not looking to alienate.
“My secret intention,” Schumacher says, “Is to make pop music. These songs are informed by a long take on pop and rock history, listening to and absorbing music from the ’60s to the present. It’s not a retro project, I’m not intentionally referencing anyone, but it’s the music that formed me and it’s bound to filter through.”
On ‘L’AGE D’OR’, Schumacher shows a clear understanding of how to balance the melodic with the abrasive. Steady and pleasing loops are mixed with more churning sounds, like a smooth nighttime drive being suddenly interrupted by traffic snarls. Along the way, percussive breakdowns (both acoustic and digital, courtesy of Schumacher’s collaborator Alex Goldberg) and electronic gargling add to the maddening, yet strangely satisfying effect. If you find yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you might want to flip on ‘L’AGE D’OR’ to properly soundtrack your frustrations as you grit your teeth and jab the horn with two densely-packed fists. Alternately, you might just put it on if you’re in the mood for some outstanding electronica. READ MORE…