On the 78-minute “Zeppelins! There they go”, Dutch musician René van der Wouden offers his listeners five lengthy pieces and one shorter trip. The adventurous and airy compositions are all inspired by the great electronic music albums made from 1974 to 1984 beside the magic realm surrounding the legendary, giant space ships.
Fans of melodic and Berliner-School based music will finds lots of their liking in the nicely layered and overall spacious synth pads, catchy sequencing, vintage solo voices, choir textures and sound effects. Of course, the great sounds of mellotron and vintage organ also fly by, smoothly fitting to the antique flavour of the albums concept.
One can clearly hear René invested loads of work to get the complex outcome right, fresh and sparkling. And while each piece evolves and unfolds in its own pace, one is also part of the composers personal joy of shaping, re-shuffling and lining up the large range of ingredients. A few names come to mind when listening to this album: Rolf Trostel and Tangerine Dream on e.g. the 17-minute title track opening the album along Klaus Schulze on “Hydrogen”.
With “Zeppelins! There they go”, Mr van der Wouden made another notable and firm step ahead: he proves he has the balls to play an adventurous but also recognizable and much loved style of electronic music, but executed in his own fashion. Mission well accomplished, René!
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