“Earshot” is a 46-minute release presented in cardboard sleeve on which Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock joins the Fanger & Schönwälder tandem for a sonic ride through Berliner School/vintage territory.
Next to three tracks recorded live during the Dutch “E-Live 2012” festival, also two fine tracks from studio sessions in winter 2012/2013 are found in here. Opener “Cosmic” is a smooth, lush-evolving track with psychedelic realms along pulsating sequencing and mellotron-pads, topped by Klaus’ spheric guitar work.
However, the tribute of the latter on the three live tracks is mixed far into the background, giving room to moody synth-improvisations carried out in an unhurried manner on the tasty three-fold title piece. Many warm mellotron textures, solo-voices and effects fly by in the spacious framework, along an excellently fitting rhythm in “Earshot part two”.
The final part (inviting to dance) is the most energetic, sequenced but also a bit minimal, again with the sound of Hoffmann’s guitar pushed to the background. The outro-track “Mopho me Babe” is another cosmic, gently swinging gem of vintage sounds and a pulsating bass sequence, on which the lush e-guitar licks give the outcome just the right chill-out touch.
All in all, “Earshot” (a Limited Collector’s Edition) makes a pleasant surprise and is highly recommended.