June 2009 saw the release of “Curriculum Vitae I”, a compilation cd by Picture Palace Music, the music project by Thorsten Quaeschning (from Tangerine Dream-fame).
Subtitled “music for compilation rates and personal data sheets”, the cd contains tracks recorded between 2006 and 2008 which all have a strong cinematic impact.
The opening track starts out slightly experimental but very atmospheric, but is soon followed by the progrock instrumental “Mandrake Flight” including some heavy guitar soloing. The progressive, nicely sequenced “Morgengrauen” sure has TD-elements, which also applies to “Schreck’s non Vampiric” and “Day of Wrath”, while “Waving Goodbye..” is a nice quite acoustic guitar interlude.
Fusion elements and fast rhythmic elements make “Auerbach’s Night Club” and adventurous but also a bit a chaotic outing in my opinion. Things are smoothened on the TD-ish “Under the Golden Charm”, which contains lots of progrock flavours.
The 11-minute “Anonanza” is another peculiar track starting out with beautiful piano, soon accompanied by an evocative sequencer pattern, mellotron textures, percussion and heavy guitar parts. Things end up in symphonic realms as it flows into the choral spaces of “Mal du Pays”, but ending up in experiment and chaos on “Heimpra”.
All in all, this cd in my opinion contains a mix bunch of tracks which lacks too much cohesion to make it worthwhile.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Picture Palace Music artist page