"Unframe" is the debut album of the Russian duo WOLS.
Using Sovyet vintage synths and drum computers in combination with fine recordings of live musicians, WOLS deliver a well-rounded album that combines live musicians, synth waves and killer beats.
What's that for a name?
Firstly, WOLS is an alias of the German painter Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze (1913-1951), as both members of WOLS like his pictures immensely. Secondly, it refers to the project's origins in techno: WOLS have gradually developed towards their current sound by slowing down ("SLOW") and stirring the 4/4 beat, and so SLOW became WOLS. Thirdly, in some colloquial variants of Russian, "WOLS" describes a slow person who has their head in the clouds.
WOLS are Evgeny Shchukin and Alexander Tochilkin. They have already released techno tracks on Ostwind, Level and Harthouse Mannheim under the name "Modul", and they run the FUSELab media resource for different types of sonic and visual art. The duo lives in Southern Russia, in the city of Krasnodar (in English: beautiful gift), near the Black Sea. That region is famous for a particular kind of sunflower, and in a certain way, we actually owe the creation of the album to its seeds. To cut a lovely story short, it's Krasnodar's prosperity through sunflowers which gave the young WOLS access to this high-end sonic range that we can hear on "Unframe".