This 75-minute album, the second factory-pressed release on Deserted Island Records, comprises music performed during three different concerts by Remy (aka remy Stroomer) in 2007, 2008 and 2010 in the Grote- of St.Bavokerk in Haarlem.
The music featured on “The Great Church Trilogy” focusses on the new, yet unreleased live compositions played during these concerts. It realms in a smooth but adventurous neo-classic/orchestral style combined with a particular amount of vintage textures and atmospherics along a distinct minimal flavour running underneath. All ingredients are rapped in a sort-of symphony-formulae with gently unfolding layers while journeying into various corners. The occasional solo voices and vocal textural pads remind a bit of classic Schulze, nicely complimenting and topping the varied, slightly melodic outcome.
In a way, the compositions seem a kind of “mental studies for the inner life”, a feeling which for me especially reflects on my personal favorite track “Silent Conversations”. There’s also a nice, soft mourning sense running through the lengthy “Sinfonia Senza Percussione part 2 and 3”, another highlight in my opinion.
Most of all, listening and absorbing the content of “The Great Church Trilogy”, in my view a kind of instrumental music for a new era, demands an open attitude. Simply open-up to it and feel its breeze pass by…..
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