“Tide” is the fifth album by German synthesist and producer Rudolf Heimann. Mr Heimann has been around in the genre since 1990, but took a long break after the release of his album “Twilight Voyager” in 1997 when he started to work as a session musician and producer in other music styles.
The music of this new album fits nicely into contemporary electronic music, offering accessible, dynamic and general melodic pieces tracks which venture into synth-pop, trance and even ambient chill-out.
The typical “Heimann-touch” is still there, and he’s still knows how to create inviting melodies and dreamy moods or set things in motion with some great driving grooves and warm solos. Just listen to the catchy album opener “Up & Down the Waves”, which immediately creates a positive vibe with its up-tempo sequencing and melodic solos and you know what I mean, after which we shift to the dancy synth-pop of “Driftwood”.
More lush, laid-back atmospheres are present on “Staring at the Sea” and the slightly vintage flavoured “Absorbed in Thought”. The second half of “Tide” continues in the aforementioned descriptions, nicely retaining mood and a retro vibe.
Any average fan of electronic music can’t go wrong on this typical “German-sounding” recording of well-tempered and accessible electronics.