(Neumos) Better than most in the world, Germany's Ulrich Schnauss has fused the diaphanous textures and oneiric atmospheres of shoegaze rock with the chilled-out funkiness of (shhhh...) triphop. Given those elements, Schnauss might seem to come off as a '90s throwback artist, but his tracks somehow avoid sounding trapped in Clinton-era amber. Rather, they breathe with a kind of timeless, cinematic grandeur, urged on by countless variations on James Brown/Clyde Stubblefield's "Funky Drummer" beat. Schnauss's new album, A Long Way to Fall, may not be his best, but it does capture a swoon-worthy, pastel beauty that's tremendously hypnotic and tranquilizing. With Secret Colors.