If I’m not mistaken “Passage” -which came to fruition out of a variety of musical motives and sketches by Jonas- is the second collaborative album by Ulrich Schnauss (synths and effects processing) and Danish musician Jonas Munk (guitar, synths, composition and structure). I’d say some of Jonas’ guitar work here reminds of Steve Hillage.
An emotive current is present as the overall relaxed and consistent sounding recording takes off with the soft breezy “Amaris” and slightly melancholic-infused impact we know so well from Schnauss’ solo work on “Genau Wie Damals”. From there the mellow, gentle swirling mood continues on the further nine instrumental tracks, sometimes to uplifting effect (“Intervention: Sol”, “Coastal Path”) or a sounding more jolly upfront yet euphoric on “MST”. “Spellbreaker” proves the most upbeat track outing on the recording with its new wave guitars, huge synth-lines and Schnauss’ aural characterics.
As a whole, the 50-minute “Passage” offers a nice set of harmonic soundscapes along licks of progressive EM while the recent Tangerine Dream sound glimpses just around the corner.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Ulrich Schnauss artist page
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