For this album, composers Michael Neil and Graham Getty used the latest collaborative opportunities the internet has to offer to assemble a fine synthesis of vintage electronic music with the help of nowadays modern technologies.
Well, “Retrochet” is your ticket for a 60-minute trip in a time machine which takes your back to the mid ‘70’s, offering a great blend of the classic Berlin School sound and its sequencing-side in the tradition of Tangerine Dream.
The recording is divided in two parts, both containing two longer and one shorter pieces. Smooth sequencing and lovely retro pads fill “Cirrus Strata”, followed by the lush free form textures of the beautifully rendered and melancholic sounding 6-minute To Close my Eyes”.
The gentle sequencer machine is set back in motion on the 15-minute “Schulzephonic”, which also features an evocative, atmospheric blend of mellotron soundscapes and retro pads with a great ebb and flow feel.
“Flughafen Tempelhof” takes on a more modern approach. It opens with a spatial and smooth sequencer pattern to which a steady beat/rhythm, and more minimal and pronounced bits and pieces are added along the ride next to a light melody.
Very nice and emotional sounding mellotron pads take centre stage in the 7-minute “In the Realm of the Senses”, to which a moody sequencer pattern fades in later on.
“Retrochet”: old meets new, mission aptly accomplished!
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