Apparat’s The Devil’s Walk has been named ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR byiTunes. Apple released their eagerly anticipated annual best of the year list “iTunes Rewind″, showing off the best music, games, and apps over the past twelve months.
Bob Boilen, from NPR’s “All Songs Considered”also added The Devil’s Walk to his year end list saying, “There are moments on his album, The Devil’s Walk, filled with the sort of forward driving motion that Philip Glass does so well, as well as majestic moments that I love.” XLR8R’s top 100 most downloaded tracks from the past year list is up. It’s no surprise that Apparat is #15 with the first single off The Devil’s Walk, “Ash/Black Veil” and #19 for the second single “Black Water”. Both tracks have garnered over 100,000 listens on SoundCloud alone.
Apparat has announced that it will head down to SXSW next March, debuting the full band for the first time in the US and the first time Apparat has played in the US since 2007. For a glimpse at Apparat live now, check out this live performance video for the single “Song of Los” filmed on July 25th at London’s famous nightclub, ScalaHERE. “Song Of Los” was released on Sept. 13th as a digital single, including remixes from Mogwai and Park Frequency.
The Devil’s Walk was conceived during a trip to Mexico, and as you can see in The Making Of The Devil’s Walk video, strange and wonderful things happen when a bunch of Berliners and Chicagoans manage to escape the winter and work on music in a tiny Mexican village. NPR says, “Many electronic musicians cross over into mainstream pop and rock, but Sascha Ring — a.k.a. Apparat — crafts his own unique style of somber yet majestic music. With his latest record, the German producer may find himself reaching a broader audience than ever.”
Those with any level of interest in contemporary electronic music will recognize Berlin based Sascha Ring and his alias Apparat as one of the most prominent forces within the field. In addition to his three critically acclaimed albums, fans will also recognize Sascha’s work with Ellen Allien in which they formed the collaborative electro supergroup Moderat (half Modeselektor, half Apparat). With The Devil’s Walk the highly anticipated fourth studio album from Apparat, Sascha once again raises his game.