The aftermath of leaving the Dutch Berliner School-trio AKS was a very hard and frustrating period for Hans “Skoulaman” van Kroonenburg. Most importantly, he had to make up his mind how to continue while not losing faith in what he was capable of and had acchieved until then.
“Dreaming of the Future reflecting the Past” is the nicely molded and tasty outcome of this search, persistance and determination, on which slower-paced sequences, emotive/spacious textures and (occasional Vangelis-esque) melodic lines florish. All music, still breathing and extending on the Berlin School style, was all played live and in the moment without any multitracking or whatsoever and recorded using an old computer and a vintage sound card.
The 77-minute result airs a positive and moody vibe track after track. Things never get complicated or diffuse, but display heart, soul and freedom through the nine sonic vistas. In the middle section, pieces like “Islands in the Ocean”, “Arabian Arp” and “Orbital Moves” kick in livelier and faster-paced, its interlocking sequencers and moody vintage textures remind a bit of the good old days of Schulze and TD. On the intimate “Voices of an Analog” though, a tranquil and highly emotive Vangelis-flavor shines through the sonic innerscape before things are set in slow motion.
As such, “Dreaming of the Future reflecting the Past” is satisfying and relaxing, but the solid music would benefit from the help of an experienced EM-producer, sound technician and some proper mastering.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Skoulaman artist page