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Hello all.

A happy Easter from Monique and me, I hope you have a wonderful time
if you go away for a short break but if you stay home check the new music.
We won't have the time so busy it is at this moment.
But we don't mind because we have some great news for you all.
First of, for all who come to E-Day 2012 we have a nice discount of 10%
on all Groove Unlimited purchases. But we also have this for all
coming to our concert in Solingen next week.

And then we are again proud to announce 3!! new Groove Unlimited releases.
first is Lamp - Three Towers, a new project by Michael Shipway who is
joined by Garth Jones. This is a great release full of Melodic sequencer music
and guitars, this will put a musical smile on your faces.
With Picture Palace music's Indulge the Passion we release our second PPM CD.
This is a fine display of the bands music full of drama and suspense.
And with the new VoLt with the title Circuits we finally have a new
release by one of the best EM bands in the scene.
People have been writing and asking about this for long well here it
is. In one word FANTASTIC!!
And as always these are regular pressed CD releases.

Also new in the catalog
FD.Project - Quadea, a followup of his great concerrt he gave in
Satvey last year.
Fratoroler - Looking Forward, a great Berlin school release.
Patchwork - Connect, Sequencer delight, we are back in the fine tunes
of the 70's and 80's.
The Grey Encounter - Dark Matter, The Grey Encounter are Phil Booth &
Ken Alexander two of UK's finest Electronic musicians.
We hope to have these soon in stock!!

E-Day 2012 is on 28-04-2012
That is only 3 weeks from now!!
Ticket sales are a bit low until now so if you want to come let us know.
We hope to have a good turn up in The Enck at Oirschot (near Eindhoven)
Groove Unlimited presents E-Day 2012 - THE Electronic Music Festival
PICTURE PALACE MUSIC.
STEVE DINSDALE (member of Radio Massacre International)
PHIL BOOTH and JEZ CREEK

And for our German fans.
14-4-2012 Electronic Music – Klänge aus der Zukunft
Ort: Ateliers in den Güterhallen, Alexander-Coppel-Straße 50, 42651 Solingen.
With: Ron Boots, Frank Dorittke, Eric and Harold van der Heijden, TMA,
Martinson
Die Konzerte finden im Rahmen der Kunstausstellung
„Asimov – Science Fiction – Fremde Welten"
statt.Info: www.gueterhallen.de
Und der eintritt ist FREI!!

Dreamscape Radio has music this week from the following artists:
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, DER LABORANT, ROBERT RICH, TMA e.a.
Dreamscape Radio show 184 is now on-line.
http://www.dreamscaperadio.nl

Thanks for your time!!
E-News is made by Ron Boots.
Thanks to all who contribute news.

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These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.

FD.Project - Quadea (cdr)
Fratoroler - Looking Forward (cdr)
Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
Namlook + Material Object - Ambient Gardener - Autumn (ltd. edition) (2-cd)
Pete Namlook - Music for urban meditation 4 (ltd. edition) (2-cd)
Patchwork - Connect (cdr)
Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
The Grey Encounter - Dark Matter (ltd. edition) (cdr)
VoLt - Circuits (cd)
23fish - Future ? (cdr)
Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling (cd)
Tony Banks - Fugitive (cd)
Tony Banks - Soundtracks (cd)
Tony Banks - Still (cd)
Rachel´s Memory - Understated Drama (cdr)
Uwe Reckzeh - Mirror Images (cdr)
Phochos - Psycokinesis (cdr)
Tangerine Dream - Virgin years: 1974-1978 (5-cd)
Tangerine Dream - Le parc (Remastered) (cd)
Tangerine Dream - Pergamon (Remastered) (cd)
Tangerine Dream - Booster V (ltd. edition) (cd)
Tangerine Dream - Machu Picchu (ltd. edition) (cd)
Der Laborant - Kontakt (cdr)

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And we have a great special event on April 14th.

In Germany in Solingen!!
Electronic Music – Klänge aus der Zukunft
Ort: Ateliers in den Güterhallen, Alexander-Coppel-Straße 50, 42651 Solingen.
With: Ron Boots, Frank Dorittke, Eric and Harold van der Heijden,
TMA, Martinson
Eintritt frei !! Free Entrance !!!
They will play 3 Concerts on the day in several area's
The concerts are for the special „Asimov – Science Fiction – Fremde Welten"
expose that will be held from 5-4-2012 until 22-4-2012
Start is at 14.00 and it should end around 22.00
(short in German)
Die Konzerte finden im Rahmen der Kunstausstellung
„Asimov – Science Fiction – Fremde Welten"
statt.Info: www.gueterhallen.de
Und der eintritt ist FREI!!

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E-Day 2012 is on 28-04-2012
In The Enck at Oirschot (near Eindhoven)
Groove Unlimited presents E-Day 2012 - THE Electronic Music Festival

Playing for you will

PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - (Best German musician in the Schwingungen Wahl
2011&112!!)
PPM is build around "Thorsten Quaeschning - Keyboarder of Tangerine
Dream since 2005 and Co-Composer of albums like "The Angel Of The West
Window", "Finnegans Wake", "The Island Of The Fay", "Purple Diluvial",
"Springtime in Nagasaki", "Madcap's Flaming Duty", Jeanne D'Arc".

STEVE DINSDALE of Radio Massacre International
Well known from his contributions with RMI he already has some very good
solo albums on his name with City 21 and New Church!!
In which direction the performance will go is going to be a surprise!

BOOTH & CREEK
All Booth & Creek performances are improvised. They have something a
little special planned for E-Day!

Besides the concerts, there is also the possibility to meet
labels and musicians who will be there. We expect a very nice day in the lobby.
The Enck has the beautiful Grand Caf? where we will have all the
stands during the day..

The day looks like this.

13:00 Cash register Open (CAFE IS ALREADY OPEN THEN!)
15:00 Concert hall open
15:15 Concert Booth & Creek (UK)
16:30 Break
17.15 Concert Steve Dinsdale (UK)
18:30 Break
21:00 Concert Picture Palace Music (Germany)
23:00 Possible ending.

Where?? In Theater de Enck
De Loop 67, 5688 EW Oirschot

Price : euro 26,00 (Pre Sales) or euro 34,00 (On the day)

You can pre - order tickets until the 21st of April 2012 Through these
bank account numbers.
Bank information :
Pre-sale tickets:
For Dutch.
113711557 tnv Goove Unlimited te Best

For Belgium.
Fortis Bank, Belgie
Agentschap Hamont 41280.5
Accountnr.: 001-3797310-30
Ron Boots / Groove Unlimited, Best, NL

For German
Zahlung:
Raiffeisenbank
Empfaenger: Groove Unlimited, Best, NL
Kontonr. des Empfaengers: 2803700012
Institut des Empfaengers: Raiffeisenbank Heinsberg
BLZ des Empfaengersinstituts: 37069412
Please state clearly your name with the transfer!!
For more information please visit www.Groove.nl or call to: 0031 499 474711

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JUKEBOX
The new jukebox contains 6 titles.
To listen: click on the JUKEBOX button on www.groove.nl

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NON-GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: LOOM is Johannes Schmoelling & Jerome Froese - Scored (2-cd)
2: Tangerine Dream - Machu Picchu (cd)
3: Tangerine Dream - Booster V (2-cd)
4: Tangerine Dream - Finnegans Wake - James Joyce (cd)
5: Brendan Pollard - Flux echoes (cd)
6: Tangerine Dream - Virgin years: 1974-1983 (5-cd)
7: Redshift - Colder (cd)
8: Edgar Froese - Virgin Years 1974-1983 (4-cd)
9: Tony Banks - Still (cd)
10: Bernd Kistenmacher - Antimatter (cd)

GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Gert Emmens - An Artist's Stroke (cd)
2: Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times (cd)
3: Rene Splinter - Singularities (cd)
4: Eric van der Heijden - Dal Segno (cd)
5: Ron Boots - Screaming whispers (cd)
6: Ron Boots - Ante Oculos (cd)
7: Ron Boots - From the forgotten rooms of a lonely house (cd)
8: Steve Smith and the Tylas Cyndrome - Phoenix Arising (cd)
9: Can Atilla - HI-Story (cd)
10: Synth.nl - Apollo (cd)

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Additions and changes from March 30 2012 till April 6 2012

*review added *
Aglaia - OTHERWORLDLINESS (cd) 41472
2012. Electronics/analog soundscapes.
Special packaging
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=41472

*review added *
Berlin Heritage - LAND OF THE RISING SUN (cd) 21082
2012. For Lovers of the Berlin School Sound! sometimes remind us of
the early work of Bernd Kistenmacher. Excellent blend of timeless
soundscapes and lovely old sequences.
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21082

*review added *
Boots, Ron - FROM THE FORGOTTEN ROOMS OF A LONELY HOUSE (cd) gr-186
2011. limited free Gift for the concerts of 30-12-2010 and 8-1-2012..
Limited edition of 400.
$ 11.75 / UKP 8.75 / EURO 9.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-186

*released *
Emmens, Gert - AN ARTIST'S STROKE (cd) gr-189
2012.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-189

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
FD.Project - QUADEA (cdr) 29898
2012. The Other Side Of...F.D.Project part 2 Frank on a different
track, Great sequencing here..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=29898

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Fratoroler - LOOKING FORWARD (cdr) 13455
2012. Looking forward is a new album full of sequencing and
berlinschool music..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=13455

*new in stock *
Froese, Edgar - VIRGIN YEARS 1974-1983 (4-cd) 43644
2012. releases on Virgin in one easy release..
$ 23.75 / UKP 17.75 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=43644

*review added *
Grassow, Mathias - ALCHEMYSTERY (2-cd) 54620
2012. Quiet ambience with atmospherics.
Digipak
$ 23.75 / UKP 17.75 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=54620

*new in stock *
Keller, Detlef - BEHIND THE TEARS (cdr) 18457
1999/2011. Melancholy and versatile.
Remastered.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=18457

*review added *
Kistenmacher, Bernd - ANTIMATTER (cd) 32972
2012. A new masterpiece by Bernd..
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=32972

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Lamp - THREE TOWERS (cd) gr-191
2012. Michael Shipway joined by Garth Jones made this great new album
full of great melodies and sequencing. If you like VoLt and Michaels
music you will love this!.
Release date: Apr 2012
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-191

*review added *
Merlini, Claudio - ENCHANTMENT (cd) 18435
2012. Superb arrangements of haunting beauty with wonderful themes.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=18435

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Namlook + Material Object - AMBIENT GARDENER - AUTUMN (2-cd) 35047
2012. DTS 5.1 and stereo cd version.
Limited edition of 300.
$ 31.49 / UKP 23.49 / EURO 26.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=35047

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Namlook, Pete - MUSIC FOR URBAN MEDITATION 4 (2-cd) 36996
2012. Fax PK 08/200. DTS 5.1 and stereo cd version.
Limited edition of 500.
$ 31.49 / UKP 23.49 / EURO 26.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=36996

*released *
Nattefrost & Matzumi - FROM DISTANT TIMES (cd) gr-190
2012. A mesmerizing mix of talents make this an irresistible release.
Melodic and powerfull tracks that have IT!!.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-190

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Patchwork - CONNECT (cdr) 77514
Heij & Jansen. Great analog sequencing.
Remastered.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=77514

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Picture Palace music - INDULGE THE PASSION (cd) gr-193
2012. Dynamic and versatile Music by one of the best bands in our scene..
Release date: April 2012
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-193

*new in stock *
Tangerine Dream - LIVEMILES (REMASTERED) (cd) 78621
2012. NEWLY REMASTERED 1988 ALBUM.
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=78621

*new in stock *
Tangerine Dream - PERGAMON (REMASTERED) (cd) 17436
2012. NEWLY REMASTERED LIVE ALBUM, RECORDED IN JANUARY 1980.
$ 18.25 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.40
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=17436

*new in stock *
Tangerine Dream - VIRGIN YEARS: 1974-1983 (5-cd) 66629
2012. The Virgin years release in Remastered form!.
Remastered.
$ 23.75 / UKP 17.75 / EURO 19.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=66629

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
The Grey Encounter - DARK MATTER (cdr) 14918
2012. The Grey Encounter are Booth + Alexander, great music from the UK..
Limited edition.
$ 19.75 / UKP 14.75 / EURO 16.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=14918

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Volt - CIRCUITS (cd) gr-192
2012. A brand new release by VoLt, we waited long for this but it was
worth the wait, absolutly brilliant!!.
Release date: Apr 2012
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-192

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Grassow, Mathias - Alchemystery (54620)
Promising Swedish label Gterma returns with another beauty by German
drone virtuoso, Mathias Grassow. While his first Gterma release "Sky"
was revised and edited old classic from 2000, "Alchemystery" is new
double album composed by Mathias during 2010 and released in February 2012.

The first CD, entitled as "Alchemy Suite Part I: Adrift On A Strange
Wind" and featuring two compositions, unfolds with absolutely serene,
nearly 17 minutes long, piece enriched by beautiful sounds of nature
like smoothly flowing water sounds and by alluring interactions of
celestial femme and male choirs. "Veiled Auranauts" is not only a
truly magnificent composition of sublime tranquility, but also nicely
displayed atmosphere through its title. The next long form piece,
"Obscured By A Falling Light", clocks over 42 minutes and enters at
the beginning into more minimal and meditative realms leaded by bells
and gongs. After few minutes the composition sneaks into motionless
floating ambience, occasionally spiced with some noisier, factory-like
ingredients. Also mysterious voice-like and breathing machine-like
sounds enter the show and will ensure the most complete adventurous
and immersing experience. This composition produces tremendous sense
of unmeasurable tranquility even if traversing through several
plateaus, from intense dramas through cinematic vistas to meditative
introspections. This masterful composition captures the pure
magnificence of sophisticated dronescaping by Mathias Grassow!!!
The disc two, entitled "Alchemy Suite Part II: Inside The Inner",
features again two tracks and opens with "In A Temple Of Longing",
another long form piece reaching 43 and half minutes. As portrayed by
its title, this composition moves into massively darker, obscure
territories spiced by various sacred choirs, odd voice samples,
monumental percussions and all backed by endlessly spiraling drones
presenting Mathias Grassow's sound alchemy at the mos t shadowy and
enigmatic in search to explore all mysteries, buried treasures and
secrets of Mother Earth. A truly exciting ambient dronescape for those
infinite nocturnal journeys that you just never want to end. Another
masterpiece holding the signature that is only Mathias Grassow!!! "A
Ring Of Standing Stones", clocking to 25 and half minutes, is by far
less colossal and more droning, where quieter ambience is fused with
fragilely tinkling bells. At times it becomes more intense, but still
gracefully drifting into awesome majesty of splendid panoramic vistas.

"Alchemystery" is enormously penetrating!!! The drone king is sitting
on his throne!!! Last but not least, Mathias Grassow's aural alchemy
is accompanied by 16-page booklet featuring gorgeous pictures of
nature by Johan Rehn/Gterma.

2012. Richard Gürtler / Bratislava, Slovakia

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Schroeder, Robert - D.MO VOL. 3 (23612)
Here is another rendezvous with time that the fans of Robert Schroeder
are always expecting with impatience. From Paradise to Driftin', D. MO
Vol. 3 overflies an era where Robert Schroeder was looking to perfect
some new sound textures on his robotic rhythms. Symmetric rhythms well
arched on hybrid sequences which mix their rhythms with percussions to
tones as much of lead as silk. Melodies! They always flow with this
harmonious ease into stunning innovative sound paintings.
Avant-gardist, the synthesist of Aachen has always looked to exploit
the maximal capacities of his synths and sequencers with a marigold of
the detail for his rhythmic and melodious structures. If his musical
visions tended to get away from the roots of pure Berlin School, he
implanted on the other hand a new dimension to EM which was going to
facilitate the emergence of a cloud of new comers in the mid 80's. D.
MO Vol. 3 is the front door into this universe that the pur ists have
sulked at that time and who gradually start to enjoy by the music of
artists exactly influenced by the approach of this precursor of
rhythms and sequences. It's like being in the entrance hall after
having taken the back door.

Nostalgic, the meditative intro of "The Meaning of Time" shakes its
musing with percussions of which the light hopping strikings frame
twisted reverberations to let filter a soft lunar lullaby which
sometimes croons in our head and sometimes roams in a cosmos streaked
by galactic gases. Supple, the melodious "The Meaning of Time" wins in
intensity, calling back all the harmonious dimension of Robert
Schroeder's first works. "Soft and Lovely" is a short entrance into
the floating and cosmic spheres of the analog years with its synth
layers which coil and copulate beneath tones of stars dusts and
breaths of cosmic choirs. After a slow departure with soft percussions
which beat under a cloud of synth waves muddled up in their syncretic
tones, the morphic rhythm of "Wonderland" is increasing gradually.
Kind of tribal percussions resound as tams-tams from islands in the
South while an odd quivering bass line hiccups and erodes a funky
rhythm which bends under thunders of percussions and thunderstorm of
synth solos. A synth which exploits totally all of its sound and
intuitive capacities and where choirs, resounding effects, clouds of
ices and juicy solos are covering an indecisive rhythm. "Passing
Landscapes" is a beautiful electronic melody built on a light rhythm,
slamming percussions and a synth with a catchy harmonious tune.
Pleasant, the synth throws a balm of jazz with a melancholic approach
which smiles from the corner of the eye. With its bongo drums style
percussions which sparkle of a Latinos rhythm, "Santo Domingo" is a
lively melody closer to the groovy rhythms of Double Fantasy than of
Robert Schroeder's repertoire. The keyboard draws chords to guitar
sounds textures, while the synth subdivides its harmonic elements with
nice solos which are mixing to the gases of mists and to cosmic choirs.
Notes of guitar wander in the cosmic tranquillity. They introduce
slowly "Higher Than High" which energises to the sound of the silvery
cymbals. On a slow and furtive rhythm, it progresses of a minimalist
procession on the sound of three sequence chords which return in loops
under a sky obscured by waving solos of which the shrill twists roam
under passive choirs. The cymbals slam and the percussions pound,
witness of the rhythmic instability of "Higher Than High" which will
break its automated mould to espouse the heavy strikings of
percussions and the rhythm a little dislocated which they shape by
means of waddling sequences under this sky burning of musical rays.
Although written in 1991, "DreamSpacer" is the title which is the most
closer to the ambiances of Galaxy Cygnus A's era with its sequences of
peak-wood kind which are pulsing like starving suckers. The rhythm is
fluid and surrounded by this envelope as much chthonian as cosmic
where shadows, waves and voices roam in an intersidereal nothingness
before embracing a chaotic phase where it cackles while tuning with a
harmonious refrain. After a melodious and catchy "Met Mr Miller",
"Emotional" hooks our hearing as only Schroeder knows how to make it.
A fine wave of organ opens an intro which some waddling sequences are
rocking of an innocent approach. Percussions support these sequences.
Percussions which subdivide their tones, borrowing ringing of
threatening glasses and speaking glasses, when they don't fall very
hard on a languishing hypnotic tempo which crawls on the undulations
of an organ to tones of psychedelic years. And the bongo drums
percussions fall, over sizing the rhythmic approach of "Emotional"
which is weave in a superb pattern of percussions, drum and sequences
which are not without reminding me Tangerine Dream and Bus Station in
Near Dark. The keyboard frees a series of five chords which roll in
loops like notes of a guitar with a cold while the synth with tones of
organ is mutin g into a spectral guitar, pouring an enchanting melody
which wraps the hearing of a strange psychedelicosmic aura. "Tragedian
of Love" ends this journey into the spheres of temporal forgetting
with a rather funky rhythmic approach where synths borrow tones of trumpets.

It's by listening to D. MO Vol. 3 that we seize all of Robert
Schroeder's impact on the evolution of EM. The synthesist of Aachen
always refused to flood his creativity of a castrating approach, from
where his tendency for the research and development of new equipments
and the innovative tones. If it's true that his style can sometimes
destabilize one has to see, and especially to hear, beyond stereotypes
in order to seize all the dimension of this character which is
capable, of a simple snap of the fingers, of carrying us between the
oniric spheres of Berlin School and the rhythms of fire of a wild EM,
molded in sequences and percussions which leave indelible tracks in our ears.

2012. Sylvain Lupari / gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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Mythos - Quasar (76076)

After the making Superkraut Live1976, Sireena Records dusts this time
a pivotal work in the evolution of Mythos. Quasar is the transitory
album of Mythos. It's Stephan Kaske's first solo album and the first
album where Mythos transcends its Krautrock roots to embrace the paths
of EM. Making it, Quasar is a very good mixture of heavy and tortuous
progressive rock and EM to Teutonic flavor which is strongly
influenced by the pulsating and technoïd rhythms of Kraftwerk, as well
as their vocoders of robots with a cold. It is little as if Jethro
Tull fell in the robotic keyboards and percussions of the Düsseldorf
quartet. To say the least, it's in this way that the title-track
harpoons our ears.
Crystal clear keys fall as snowflakes on an evening of Christmas to
introduce the bouncy rhythm of "Quasar". The rhythm is nervous and
skips in a feverish movement of staccato while a flute is kissing this
rhythm with passion, forging a melody which hangs on to a bipolar
structure to interchangeable movements where slamming and cyborg kind
of percussions, resonant and pouncing pulsations as well as limpid
spirals weave an anarchic rhythmic mosaic. It's wild, vivid and loud!
I guess we can say the same for "Nurse Robot" which is a big
electronic progressive rock with a lively and jumpy rhythm where
percussions, riffs, keys and voices match their curt harmonies for
converge towards infernal spirals. We note a similar approach on
"Didnt Notice, Didnt Mind" which, on the other hand, is filled by
superb solos from the Moog. These first two very bubbling and bouncy
titles are faithful reflections of Quasar which is closer to the
borders of electronic progressive rock than of Berlin Sc hool à la
Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze, such as plugged in the press
information. This being clarified, it remains a rather interesting
album. "Flut e Qencer: the Knight Songs" is a very nice track full of
ambiance segmented in 4 parts. Variations on the same melodic thematic
with a rhythmic approach sits on wide oscillating waves and edgy riffs
where the glaucous ambiances breathe in the medieval tones of organ,
"Flut e Qencer: the Knight Songs" progresses like 4 mini horror tales
where the big Moog shapes sharp arias which hoot such as
night-spectres on these ambivalent rhythms, sometimes cutting (Duel
and Rebirth) and sometimes floating (Lamentation and Conjuration)
where the guitars are melodious and the bass is intimidating.
"Flut e Sizer" laid on a stoical rhythm with percussions and keys à la
Kraftwerk which hop on a melodious approach fed by a rather soft flute
and a Moog to solos as spectral as twisted. The rhythm is limpid and
the harmonious envelope, stemming from a fusion of organ and keyboard,
reminds me of Peter Baumann on Trans Harmonic Nights. "Nothing but
your Dream" and "Just a Part" are two heavy titles where percussions
and voices weave very rock progressive ambiances which the Moog
converts into more electronic structures while "When the Shows Just
Begun" is more of a ballad kind and exploits the more romantic
elements of the Moog and the flute. This new edition of Quasar
includes a bonus track, "Collected Jingles and Theme Songs", which (as
its title indicates) is a collection of jingles and bits of songs. It
scrolls fast and I imagine that the interest of it is for Mythos fans
only and not for those who attempt to become.
A little as with Superkraut Live 1976, I continue my initiation into
the very Krautrock universe of Mythos and especially of Stephan Kaske,
a character still too much underestimated of the German progressive
electronic scene. And so far I quite enjoyed my discovery. Quasar is a
hard and very rock album where the Kraftwerk Teutonic rhythms are
weaved in the robotic percussions and vocoders whereas that the
ambiances melodic progressive ambivalences à la Jethro Tull dream up
into the spectral and mesmerizing vapors of the Moog's harmonies. An
audacious mixture tinged with nostalgia which surprises and ends up by
please, as far as we are opened to the roots of Krautrock. I just hope
that Sireena Records will pursue the adventure. To when Dreamlab and
Strange Guys?
Sylvain Lupari
gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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