Thanks to German music site AFRICAN PAPER for this great review below of the new Nikolas Schreck EP ”The Futura Model” available from https://epicureanescapism.bandcamp.com/album/the-futura-model
”From Nikolas Schreck, who initially devoted himself to other activities after the end of Radio Werewolf, there have been musical signs of life in recent years. There were concerts in different constellations and with different song selections as well as an accomplished album with his band Kingdom of Heaven. There has been talk of a solo work for some time now, and on the last Epicurean Escapism Festival and its compilation there was already a song with “Lord Sutekh’s Dream” as a foretaste. The EP “The Futura Model” has now released another piece in three versions.
Those who only know Schreck from Radio Werewolf may situate the musician in the field of tension between Death Rock and a dark, proclaiming form of ritual music. This is undoubtedly a component of Schreck’s style repertoire, albeit a somewhat constricting focus on specific periods in his past. Already in Kingdom of Heaven you could get an impression of Schreck’s diverse interests across the history of classical pop culture: prog rock and gospel, rhythm and blues and classic crooner entertainment, superheroes and dubious fishers of human souls, and above all the Eternal Feminine in the mirror of different myths.
Some of this mixture is also connected to “The Futura Model”, even if there are clear differences in terms of sound: No Schreck song of the past ever grooved this much. That’s probably because with Heathen Rae, a real drummer is on board, and the awesome beats, the repetitive bass lines, the cool, scifi-like synths, and Schreck‘s vocals all sound they were made for each other. Thanks to electronic processing, the sound is less organic than on the last concerts, but this piece of Psych Pop gets a nerdy-cool, retro-futuristic touch.
Again, the archetype of the female, who in all her seductive power as a femme fatale, comes to life – but without the masked hatred of women usual for this myth. On the contrary: the seductress’s erotic charisma transforms the hero into a better version of himself: A beautiful heroine from a distant galaxy ensnares the singer with the help of his favorite medium, the radio, and plays him the latest hits from the planet Aldebaran. But after the successful seduction instead of taking him on board away from too many people on Earth, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” leaves the man languishing. But whoever this lyrical self is – an infatuated superhero or an intergalactic man of feeling – somehow the short fatal flirtation seems to have inspired him, indeed to have literally transformed him. Otherwise, “The Futura Model” would not be so cheerful and groovy, and even the line “My rocket rises ever higher”, which would certainly have pleased the old Freud, sounds anything but depressed.
The only downer is that the first two of the three versions are pretty similar. In the “Parallel Universe Version” there are a few extra futuristic gadgets and a greater overall tendency for wide, reverberant spaces, but these are small variations, and I still give preference to the slightly richer original. The “Late Night Supernova Version”, on the other hand, is less rock, more soundscape with a lounge feeling, more synthetic and playful, and thus rich in nice ideas.
If you appreciate the Schreck-typical mix, you should be hooked by the song and excitedly anticipate the upcoming album – considering how different “The Futura Model” and the complex and meditatively spun “Lord Sutekh’s Dream” are. In any case, you can look forward to a certain similar bandwidth. Similar to Kingdom of Heaven, the solo works seem to be connected to the rocky original Radio Werewolf of the 80s, soaked in a dash of blues and Americana, which I very much welcome. The regular edition of the 12 ” was published in an edition of 222, an ultra-limited lovers edition contains among other items, a signed poster. (U.S.)”
Original German review here: http://africanpaper.com/2017/11/18/nikolas-schreck-the-futura-model-ep/