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Review: Markus Schulz Featuring Soundland “Facedown”

Markus Schulz has partnered with Kazibo on his latest track “Facedown” which features Soundland. The song is a remarkably ambitious musical turn for Schulz featuring an anthem indie art rock theme showing off yet another impressive side to his talent as a fresh and relevant modern songwriter. There are two versions of the song.

The acoustic version of the song begins with a hooky, catchy, jangly acoustic guitar riff surprisingly reminiscent of something you would hear an indie band playing at a coffee shop. A kick drum propels the song along at a head bobbing pace and then drops into a chill indie feel as vocals skillfully guide the track along on a journey that appears to tell the tale of a couple’s shattered dreams and unrealized ambitions. The main jackpot of the song is the subtle synth keyboards propelling it underneath which takes the listener on a beautiful emotional ride the sound of which reminds you of times riding unicorns and horses on a merry-go-round as a child.

The club mix of “Facedown” is even more ambitious. Once again the song begins with the same indie guitar riff but underneath it is Schulz’s synth keys out of the gate beginning to build the song soaring upward. A short time later the indie vocals kick in and the song soars higher but without any drums. And then the vocals stop and the keyboards shatter through the song building it higher and higher with bass and rising tension until a thick kick drum pulsates throughout the song making it irresistibly danceable. As it builds into a frenzy the song goes to a drop until once again it is just guitar, keys and the vocals which builds it up all over again. After the song builds for a while the song quite suddenly explodes once again into drums and a full orchestra of both real instruments and DJ beat magic. Only an artist of Schulz’s stature could have attempted something so musically innovative and unlike the character’s in his lyrics he has exceeded expectations quite handily.

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About Dave Jurgens

Dave Jurgens is a writer and musician who has been a regular contributor to the Philippine News, Faces of Rock, and the Greensheet magazine and a guest writer for Schulz Army. He is currently at work on his first novel The Devil’s Orchard, a hard-boiled sci-fi story. Dave plays drums and lives in San Rafael, California with his wife Suzanne, three cats and their rabbit Lorenzo.

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