Steve Stoll ‎– Supernatural

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CD release consists of 10, vinyl of 8 tracks.

Tracklist

First Impulse 3:48
Speaking My Mind 7:05
Goodbye Eternal 6:02
Supernatural (You're So) 6:13
The Broken Sky 8:37
Tomorrow May Never Come 5:27
October Winds 4:24
The Prime Element 4:39
A Stone In The Hand 3:54
Chutes And Ladders 2:46

Versions (2)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PROPSCD001 Steve Stoll Supernatural(CD, Album) Proper N.Y.C. PROPSCD001 US 1999 Sell This Version
PROPS LP 001 Steve Stoll Supernatural(2xLP, Album) Proper N.Y.C. PROPS LP 001 US 1999 Sell This Version

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maroko

maroko

July 6, 2010
referencing Supernatural, CD, Album, PROPSCD001

Taken from the inner sleeve of the CD version:

"After years of sitting in front of a sequencer I felt like it was time to break free from what had become a standard way of writing music for me. Having been a drummer since childhood and being brought up on a steady diet of jazz, turning towards the inclusion of live drums in 'techno' seemed like a natural progression as my music was always very percussion driven to begin with. Every line on this record was to be played with the use of two sticks and a midi controller. I was also very conscious of escaping the use of loops in favor of a more open live feel. This very different approach required me to rethink everything, as now even the basics of how melodic and rhythm parts were generated was being approached in a new way. This tremendous learning process lent itself to lots of experimentation and thankfully its fair share of 'happy mistakes'. The excitement in music for me has always been the unexpected, always being kept on edge by uncertainty and tension, (somewhat like day to day life!)."

I guess the man himself gave you the best possible description of his own music, and enabled you to take into account just what can be expected from this album. In my opinion, this is still Steve's most daring and mature full length. It's not my favorite, and I haven't heard much of his recent work, but on "Supernatural", he continues with techno music, while distanting himself from his stripped down, linear sound, which he got known for. Loved by some, and not understood by others, regardless of what category do you fall into, this is an album well worth giving a shot. The strict dance floor aesthetic which was present on his past outputs is toned down in favor of more acoustic, experimental and artistic vision where rhythm sections atypical for the genre and Stoll's style are incorporated in techno. The stand out must be Speaking My Mind, which is quite probably one of his most sincere and introspective tracks ever. The only really club suitable pieces are Goodbye Eternal and Tomorrow May Never Come, which are more along the lines of Steve's minimal, loopy and drum kick orientated music. The other tracks all have really interesting arrangements and structure, slightly off beat at times (my guess it's intentionally done due to the live drums and all), with broken beat patterns played in real time on a drum kit. Overall, it's a really thought provoking and attention-grabbing album, and a warm recommendation to those convinced that Steve has no more tricks up his sleeve than releasing powerful dance floor tools.
Favorite tracks are Speaking My Mind, the odd and trippy The Broken Sky and the title track. Do give it a try.
Delegoano

Delegoano

October 17, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
referencing Supernatural, 2xLP, Album, PROPS LP 001
Broken Sky is one of those detroit tracks that will leave you with a strange feeling of having experienced some sort of strange deranged hypnosis. the beat seems slightly out of rhythm as well as the synth-sounds. Though everything sounds so far off the kick, it really developes in your mind and as most tracks on this album, it stands out of the huge output of detroit records in the late nineties.