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THE LAB - Analysis Paralysis (Digital Download)

 
THE LAB - Homodigitalis (cd)

 
DER LABORANT - Kontakt (cd)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Inner Worlds Returning (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Quiet Correlations (Digital Download)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Somewhere under The Sky (cd-r)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Suspended Twilight (Digital Download)

 
JOHN LAKVEET - Epikus (cd)

 
JOHN LAKVEET - The Force of Reason (cd)

 
JOHN LAKVEET - The Last Nine Convoys from Magoria Station (cd-r)

 
LAMBERT - Drachenreise (CD)

 
LAMP - Scales of Fortune (cd)

 
LAMP - The Three Towers (cd)

 
BRANNAN LANE & AMIR BAGHIRI - Lucid Circles (cd-r)

 
BRANNAN LANE - Hypnotic Drift (cd-r)

 
BRANNAN LANE - Submerge (cd-r)

 
DAVID LANGE - Return of the Comet (cd)

 
PASCAL LANGUIRAND - De Harmonia Universalia (lp)

 
PASCAL LANGUIRAND - Ishtar (cd)

 
LAOCOöN - Immersion (cd)

 
SERGE LAPORTE - Sea of a Thousand Stories (cd)

 
LAST INDUSTRIAL ESTATE - Last Industrial Estates (cd)

 
LAUDANUM - Laudanum (CD-EP)

 
LAUDANUM - Laudanum (full album) (CD)

 
LAUGE - Pusterum (Digital Download)

 
LAUREL - Laurel (cd)

 
LAV & PURL - A State of Becoming (Lp/CD)

 
PAUL LAWLER & PAUL SPEER - Wonders (cd)

 
PAUL LAWLER - Bronx Shadows (cd-r)

 
PAUL LAWLER - Lost (Ep)

 
PAUL LAWLER - Opus (Digital Download)

 
SCOTT LAWLOR - Daedalus (Digital Download)

 
SCOTT LAWLOR - Neptune (Digital Download)

 
KERRY LEIMER - Degraded Certainties (cd)

 
KERRY LEIMER - Lesser Epitomes (cd)

 
KERRY LEIMER - The Useless Lesson (cd)

 
BORIS LELONG - Everyday Flower (Digital Download)

 
LEMONCHILL - Sentant (cd)

 
LANCE LENEHAN - Ambient Spaces (cd)

 
LANCE LENEHAN - Analogue Days (cd)

 
LANCE LENEHAN - Soundscape (cd)

 
LARS LEONHARD - Burning Clouds (Digital EP)

 
EIRIK LIE - 12 Bilder (cd)

 
A LIGHT BEACON - Music for the Patient (cd)

 
LIGHTWAVE - Mundus Subterraneus (cd)

 
LIGHTWAVE - Nachtmusik (cd)

 
LIGHTWAVE - Tycho Brahe (cd)

 
WILLIAM LINTON - Traveler's Tales (cd-r)

 
WILLIAM LINTON - Wayfarer (cd-r)

 
LIQUID MIND - Deep Sleep (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIQUID MIND - Peace (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIQUID MIND - Relax - A Liquid Mind Experience- (cd)

 
LIQUID MIND - Relaxing Rain & Ocean Mixes (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIQUID MIND - Spirit (cd)

 
LIQUID MIND - VII: Reflection (cd)

 
LIQUID MIND - X: Meditation (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIVEFORM - In Harmony (Digital Download)

 
LIVEFORM - Take One, Volume 1 (Digital Download)

 
LIVEFORM - Take One, Volume 2 (Digital Download)

 
LIVING DREAMTIME - Exploring the Water Element (cd)

 
GLYN LLOYD-JONES - Chaotic Attraction (Digital Download)

 
GLYN LLOYD-JONES - From Time to Time (Digital Download)

 
LLYN Y CWN - III: KA (Digital Download EP)

 
LLYN Y CWN - IV (Digital Download)

 
LLYN Y CWN - Llyn Y Cwn (Digital Download EP)

 
LOGIC GATE - From the Silence (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
LOGIC GATE - Voyages (Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - 5 Textures (CD/Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - A Glimmer of Memory (CD/LP)

 
SIMON LOMAX - A Strange Light (CD/Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - An Ember Glows (Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - Zone of Cold (cd)

 
THE LONELY BELL - The Lonely Bell (Digital Download EP)

 
LOOM - 100 001 (CD Ep)

 
LOOM - Scored (live) (cd)

 
LOOM - The Tree Hates The Forest (cd)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - From Past to Past (CD/Digital Download)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - In Search of Silence (ft. Lambert) (cd/Digital Download)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - Journey through the past (cd)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - Nostalgic Steps (cd/digital download)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - Spiral Lights (cd/digital download)

 
LOVELIESCRUSHING - Ghost Colored Halo (Digital Download)

 
LUMINOUS DIMENSIONS - Luminous Dimensions (dvd)

 
JOHN LUTTRELL - A Sense of Impending Levitation (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON & AARON GATES - Futurus (cd)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Dark Moon (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Dreams Ghosts and Parallel Universes (cd-r/digital download)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Hidden Music (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Music From The Firmament (Digital Download)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Portal (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - The Divided Line (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - When The World Was Young (cd-r)

 
JOHN LYELL & BRENT A. REILAND - Synthetic Universe (cd)

 
JOHN LYELL - Dimensions (cd)

 
JOHN LYELL - Eternity (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN LYELL - Planetary Artifacts (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN LYELL - Reflection of Time (cd/Digital Download)


BERTRAND LOREAU
From Past to Past
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Spheric Music, 2015
According to Mr Loreau’s liner notes in the booklet, the outcome of 60-minute "From Past to Past" is his best effort to date to express his love and admiration for the Berlin School style, but now applied to lengthy cosmic improvisations. In addition, this should sound the closest to the music he was composing and playing in 1982 on his vintage gear.

Well, the 38-minute opener "Past never Dies" already makes clear the sequencer-driven excursion with accompanying moody atmospheric nods doesn’t make any compromises. It’s a captivating, unstructured flight moving on and on while the whole sound design keeps evolving and changing, spreading a warm flavor of textures and spheres with occasionally a few mellow, non-upfront solo lines on top. This is a solid and convincing track indeed, deserving 4 stars.

Without interruption, things go onward with two more tracks of 11 minutes each where a similar but also a bit lighter approach is applied. The improvised outcome of "Journey remains the same" though is no competition to the aforementioned piece as the entrancing, enchanting vibe simply isn’t evoked nor strong enough. The final piece "Flying Stones over the sea" (a tribute to the late Edgar Froese) does better in that respect, which is mainly due the rolling, slightly pumping sequencer patterns and lush sphere paintings hovering smoothly above it.

I reckon any vintage Em-aficionado will want to dig this release (although overall it’s not good enough to receive a 4 star rating).

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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