This is the second release of vintage rarity recordings (1978-1985) from Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock, aka Cosmic Hoffmann, now put out as a pressed cd on the established Berliner-based Manikin label.
Retro fans will find lots of their liking here, already set in good mood with the energizing, vintage sequencing and cosmic textures of the 10-minute opening track “Up to the Stars”.
Mellotron M400 textures grace the free form, atmospheric “Galaxy Rising”. Although the sound quality of the 12-minute “Spacewards” isn’t always that fancy, it easily takes the listener up to cosmic scenery with its gliding, elevating soundpads and smooth sequencing.
The nice synth lingerings and mellotron textures of the free form “Magelanic Cloud” continue to wander through endless space in a quiet manner, after which “Attic Music” offers a portion of static, rather flat-out music that seems to be a bit uninspired.
All in all, all who love cosmic music and the warm, embracing of sounds of vintage instruments will want to dig this 60-minute album for sure.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Cosmic Hoffmann artist page
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