Solitaire – Nocturnes


Release data: Solitaire – Nocturnes CD, Arya, 1997 “Noctures” sees a continuation of the minimal, tribal-infused ambient by the German duo Schulte/Gleisberg as known from previous works, but with a slightly livier vibe discernable between the Eastern-spiced drony tapestries and hypnotizing rhythms. The addition of female vocals evokes something ethereal, while the mood also shifts to psychedelic/gothic realms occasionally (“Simulation of Gods”). Contrary to that,…

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Solitaire – Fearless


Release data: Solitaire – Fearless CD, Recycle or Die, 1995 At the time of release, this album was presented as ambient music shifting between various cultures and ages. Sonically, Solitaire’s album “Fearless” sees a switch to more progressive-oriented electronic music with a minimal edge. As a whole though, it’s quite weird and halucinogenic listening experience. Distorted guitar textures already fly by in opener in the…

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Solitaire – Plains and Skies


Release data: Solitaire – Plains and Skies CD, Musique Intemporelle, 1992 On their second album “Plains and Skies”, Solitaire is reduced to German duo Elmar Schulte who heads for a sonic, tribal-flavoured journey into barren, desolate and desert landscapes (something one may have imagined after looking at the nice cd-cover). Moreover, it shows Elmar’s sincere admiration for the music of Steve Roach (who joins Elmar…

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Solitaire – Altered States


Release data: Solitaire – Altered States CD, Musique Intemporelle, 1990 Solitaire is the brainchild of German synthesist Elmar Schulte, a project devoted to ambient/electronic music. For some albums and Solitaire’s debut “Altered States”, Schulte collaborated with the classically trained composer/musician Rüdiger Gleisberg. In 1989 Elmar and Rüdiger Gleisberg moved in the same house where they could work together on their music. They received an invitation…

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