Thom Brennan – Imaginary Conquests


Release data: Thom Brennan – Imaginary Conquests CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, TMB Soundworks, 2019 After a 10-year hiatus USA synthesist Thom Brennan re-enters the Em scene with three (actually four) new albums. One of them is “Imaginary Conquests” which was supposed to be a release of material recorded under that title before Brennan’s debut “Mountains”. The 71-minute velvet, pastel-coloured outcome was born and inspired by original tape recordings…

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PERU – The Return


Release data: PERU – The Return CD, Private Release, 2018 With this album Dutch synth band PERU surfaces after approximately 25 years of absence. Their sonic odyssey now continues with Rob Papen and Ruud van Es leading the way using soft synths & assorted software technology only. “The Return” (of which initial recording sessions started in 2015) contains 10 accessible, versatile, melodic and mostly upbeat tracks…

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Yagya – Stormur


Release data: Yagya – Stormur LP/CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, A Strangely Isolated Place, 2019 The heart and soul of Yagya’s “Stormur” is centered round a subtle flow of delicately molded tonal progressions in minimal techno-ambient featuring some occasional dubby sidesteps. It’s a groovy affair overall having an undeniable hypnotizing, trancy effect on the listener as the 10-part/60-minute journey with great deep bass lines unfolds. Compared to previous releases,…

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Metroland – Mind the Gap


Release data: Metroland – Mind the Gap CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Alfa Matrix, 2012 Now here’s a Belgian duo leading the sound of Kraftwerk into the modern age of electronic music composing a collection of simple sounding tracks with vocoder/robotic vocals, Kraftwerkian rhythms and field recordings. The outcome -created by Passenger A and Passenger S- though appears more complex and layered at closer listen. Next to that, music…

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Awenson – Hope


Release data: Awenson – Hope CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Groove Unlimited, 2019 After a hiatus of several years, French synthesist Joël Bernard (aka Awenson) returns to the scene with “Hope”, a 67-minute album of cosmic electronic music with an undeniable “French” twist combined with Berlin School characteristics. The latter applies to the sequencers accompanying the occasional solo voices, warm synth pads and brief parts with abstract sound effects…

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Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk – Passage


Release data: Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk – Passage LP/CD, Azure Vista Records, 2017 If I’m not mistaken “Passage” -which came to fruition out of a variety of musical motives and sketches by Jonas- is the second collaborative album by Ulrich Schnauss (synths and effects processing) and Danish musician Jonas Munk (guitar, synths, composition and structure). I’d say some of Jonas’ guitar work here reminds of…

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