Apparat Wins IMPALA EU Indie Album Of The Year
The 10th IMPALA indie Album of the Year award has been won by German experimental ambient artist Apparat, for their “LP5”, released on UK indie label Mute.
Apparat was chosen from a shortlist of 22 albums from across Europe.Other previous winners include Viagra Boys, Agnes Obel, The xx, Adele, Guadalupe Plata, Gurr and Efterklang.
Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, is an electronic musician, whose website illustrates the original sound and design approach used for this album. Visual identity is also important, in keeping with the artist’s experimental approach.
Ring commented : “It’s been a great last year for the band – we’ve been playing all over Europe and once again realised how awesome it is to be able to travel around like that and play for all these people. We never really felt like a “German band” and that’s why it’s awesome to receive this truly European award!”
Daniel Miller, Founder of Mute Records added : “Apparat’s Sascha Ring is a truly innovative and adventurous artist and this award for LP5 is more than well deserved.”
IMPALA’s Helen Smith concluded : “LP5 is a great winner. It is a timely reminder of just how the European music market functions – a German artist collaborating with a UK label on a recording in Berlin. The winner and indeed the whole shortlist illustrate the importance of on-going cross-border co-operation in Europe.”
The album was recorded in Berlin at AP4, JRS, Vox-Ton & Hansa Studios, mixed by Gareth Jones and Sascha Ring.