The Electronica of Wælder from Berlin and Vienna oscillates between Ambient, Post-Dubstep and Pop, it scrapes past weird Folk and LoFi and sounds so organic, one can almost hear it breathe. Their beats and synths build landscapes of rugged cliffs and mossy ground that are teeming and crawling – warm and damp, magical, peculiar and harmonic like life itself. There are bscure samples, voices, field recordings, as well as countless instruments.
Wælder work in different places, at different times. Nonetheless, they are a band. Wælder are Jan Preissler from Berlin, handling guitars, bass, mandolin, piano, bagpipes and vocals, and Moritz Nahold from Vienna, classically trained on cello, saxophone and drums but responsible for synths, beats, soundscapes and noise. The two protagonist’s marked musicality is certainly one of the reasons making their sound such an effortlessly floating listening experience. They are 22 and 24 years old. They play or have played in orchestras, jazz ensembles, stoner rock and punk bands and work apart from Wælder as musicians for theatre and film.
“Our songs don’t function as narratives“ says Jan Preissler. “The interpretation is supposed to emerge with the listener. Even for the two of us, they have different effects and interpretive scopes.“ Even extremely danceable tracks are never conventionally arranged or over-produced. They remain airy and weirdly intergrown. The sounds and melodies of Wælder are catchy but queer and just like the vocals, they teeter on the brink between reality and dream, between science and evocation.