Wolf Müller & Cass

Review: Wolf Müller & Cass – 'The Sound Of Glades'

Wolf Müller & Cass

Let the record state that this is quite possibly one the most eclectic records we have ever reviewed here at The Interns. In saying this, it is a cold (very cold) Saturday night in, and therefore some warm musical bliss is required to fill the void.

Mark Barrott’s record label International Feel is slowly and quietly becoming one of the most dependable music labels in the world. Its most recent release being Wolf Müller & Cass and their new collaboration in The Sounds Of Glades.

Wolf Müller & Cass are separate beings, but they have come together for another balearic International Feel release. The album (well it’s more a mini-album) titled The Sounds Of Glades sits at just 5 tracks, but don’t let the number fool you. If you are familiar with the balearic sounds, they are a blend of eclectic dance sounds originating in the 1980s. What The Sounds Of Glades lacks in volume of tracks, it sure of hell makes up for in quality of craft. Sure, the record taps into a genre of music that for some will immediately be brushed aside, but Wolf Müller & Cass have spiritually captured something very unique to a more blissful side of dance music.

Nothing speaks more volume then a great opening, and this record has it. What the pair have successfully done is lay the perfect foundations for a quality listen. The record opens with The Sounds Of Glades. It evokes similar feels to the first time you listen to any 9 or 10 minute epic (like Rüfüs’ Bloom) in a sense that you are simply mesmerized. It's easily the least dance-like track on the record and in a way that's what makes it so enchanting. Adding to it’s epicness, The Sound Of Glades plays at just shy of 17 minutes. Imagine journeying through a lush Japanese forest, with The Sounds Of Glades your oriental inspired soundtrack.

Miyazaki comes next. This is one of the sneak peaks we had before this mini album dropped on the 10th of June. Again, drawing on all things oriental-esque, this track journeys your mind elsewhere. For me, this track lacks a little punch though. Its got this great eclectic feel to it, but when listening to Miyazaki all I feel like doing is shaking its roots and shouting “stop teasing and give me this dance beat”. Head to 2 minutes in and you will see what I mean with the sound of the track's soothing deep bass. 

The album highlight Aiolos appears at the middway point. Now we are getting somewhere. Talk about grooves, Aiolos has quite possibly one of the sexiest basslines I have ever come across. What this track does perfectly is that it translates everything that balearic music stands for in simpler terms. This genre of dance music originated on the island of Ibiza, and quite frankly that’s where it takes me. With the sun setting, mojito in-hand and this 7 minute epic commanding the surroundings - it sounds like heaven, right?

It’s time to burn some incense and find your mantra, with the The Sound Of Glades journeying to another calming state of mind. Applepie Dream is the records 4th track, and also possibly the weirdest track title for an album tapping into all things balearic. Invoking a calm state of mind, Applepie Dream flows into the beautiful sounds that are associated with India. This is where things start to mellow out completely. 

We now transpire into the last record on The Sounds Of Glades in Glade Runner. The track starts off with this technologic, spacey synth that sounds like something DARKSIDE would craft. In what is another favourite from the release, Glade Runner very much grasps the genre of balearic music extremely well.

What Wolf Müller & Cass have put together in The Sound Of Glades is quite possibly a brilliant masterpiece. It’s a masterpiece that some will never listen too, and it’s a shame, because constantly broadening musical tastes is the only way to keep music exciting and evolving. But, none the less that’s why it's important to showcase and to talk about brilliant pieces of art like The Sounds Of Glades.