In the week after his live performance at UK’s Awakenings festival in October 2015, Hans van Kroonenburg (aka Skoulaman) worked very hard to have this album done for E-Live 2015, as he was offered to play there as well.
“Andros Awakenings” contains the 50-minute set played in the UK, consisting of four sequenced, vibrant Berlin School pieces. The sound and the way the sequences are used remind quite a bit of Rolf Trostel, while Hans also plays some piano along the electronic pads. In addition, some improvised e-guitar contained on two tracks enhances the sphere nicely. At first, a quiet mood settles on “Chinese Lakes” along some Vangelis flavours before the track is set in sequenced motion. It’s a pity several small mistakes happen during the live set, this track is no exception. The last track “Horizon” is the most energetic exercise on the recording, which sees the e-guitar being unleashed, covering Skoulaman’s faster-paced sequencer patterns and pads a bit too much.
Overlooking the whole outcome and considering his previous albums, I feel Skoulaman’s music turns out more balanced and solid when it’s fully electronic and accomplished in the studio.
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