Review: STL // At Disconnected Moments


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Sephan Laubner is a discrete yet prolific producer based in the little town of Harz, Germany; known for his work under the pseudonyms STL and Lunatik Sound System. Prolific is an understatement when describing Laubner’s music as he has released 13 albums under his STL moniker in the past 11 years, and if you add up his Lunatik Sound System albums, the result is nothing less than 30 LPs.

Sephan Laubner is a discrete yet prolific producer based in the little town of Harz, Germany; known for his work under the pseudonyms STL and Lunatik Sound System. Prolific is an understatement when describing Laubner’s music as he has released 13 albums under his STL moniker in the past 11 years, and if you add up his Lunatik Sound System albums, the result is nothing less than 30 LPs.

For the very first time STL has released an album outside his very own secret garden, label Something Records. With At Disconnected Moments Laubner has chosen another German staple with whom he has already forged links via few EPs since 2009 on Smallville records. This Hamburg based formidable team led by Julius Steinhoff, Just von Ahlefeld, and Peter Kersten (aka Lawrence) has been a synonym of high-end music for connoisseurs since its launch in 2006, bringing together a congregation of multifaceted (predominately) German artists distilling a languish and contemplative House.

Laubner confessed to using 100% hardware when it comes to music production –whether it’s expensive analogue synthesisers or cheap digital gear, leading his sounds to be at same time firmly modern, and yet completely timeless. He takes ideas, in their most obsessive forms, and drives them to their final entrenchment. Diving into STL’s music is a deeply spiritual experience, approaching relentlessly the notion of time as well as space.

At Disconnected Moments is certainly not a turning point in Laubner’s approach to music: you won’t find any sort of revolution compared to his earlier experimentations. This is one of the key points when appreciating STL’s aesthetics: there is no revolution, only slow and slight evolutions occurring in an acute repetitiveness. Each new STL release reveals a little more of Laubner’s musical obsessions, and goes deeper into one selected pattern. With obvious references to godfathers Fluxion and Deepchord, STL’s last album is penetrating Dub-Techno’s kingdom with undeniable ease (he already had explored the genre thoroughly with his Dub Techno Explorations five years ago). Yet this album cannot be confined to this unique land, as At Disconnected Moments often reaches House music grounds (a very languid House which has become Smallville’s prerogative), and investigates somewhat unknown ambient wastelands.

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