This release by the well-known trio Bas Broekhuis, Detled Keller and Mario Schönwälder is a double live album, which sees the musicians play with Raughi Ebert (electric and acoustic guitar) and Thomas Kagermann (violin) during a concert on January 20th 2008 at the Dorfkirche Repelen.
“Lanes of the Lord” starts out with nice, quiet atmospheric music, choir sounds, nicely fitting in the sacred environment. The lyrical violin on the meandering soundungs of “Moers I” takes things to another level, radiating a contemplative feel, while “Rock This!” ventures in more up-tempo territory with prominent (to my taste a bit too loud) e-guitar. A choir joins the band on the sensitive, melancholic “Source of Life”, a highlight for sure on the first disc. On this piece, vibrant acoustic guitar and violin are added to the symphonic synths later on.
The light, warm sounding “Moers Part II” continues in a smooth, easy-going manner, the violin making it softly shine even more. “Shiauliai” sounds improvised to my ears, rather dragging on between a static rhythym, violin and harsh e-guitars parts, not forming a coherent whole.
The second disc comprises five tracks recorded at concerts at the same location in January 2006 and 2007, plus a recording of a rehearsal of the complete band.
“Klaus, where are you?”, another highlight on this disc, presents well balanced Berliner School sequencing and Grosskopf-like powerful drums (think of Schulze’s “Live..”), including joyous violin ands synth soloing.
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