Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij – Silent Witnesses of Industrial Landscapes

Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij - Silent Witnesses of Industrial Landscapes

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Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij – Silent Witnesses of Industrial Landscapes
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2008

This is the fourth release of the duo Emmens & Heij, which was officially released on September 20th, 2008 at Electronic Circus in Bielefeld.

As on their previous albums, the album features a blend of attractive vintage-oriented electronic music that made its own name in the genre. The improvised, exactly 79-minute album starts with the “Overture” of the title track, on which nice retro atmospheres match with lush sequencing, rhythm box and soloing on top.

“Elements in Decay” turns up the dynamic alley with Ricochet-kindred sequencer patterns, expansive synth layers and a lush solo on top. Quirky fx’s introduce the strong track “Liquid ore finding its way”, leading into darkening, but pleasant soundscapes. Later on, fast sequencing and warm textures roll in, all bearing the definitive signature of Gert Emmens.

“When Night Falls” is a moody, slowly evolving soundscape piece with a mesmerizing solo voice. Another highlight is “Point of no Return”, the most up-tempo track on the cd, made up of programmed drums, warm soundscapes, powerful sequencing and a solid Emmens solo as icing on the cake. A real drummer would make this track sparkle even more.

The 18-minute “Setting the Wheels in Motion” starts out with darkening spheres, but no long after that a slow sequence appears, followed by a second more straight forward pattern that sets things really in motion. Mellotron layers are nice spread out as this track unfolds, later on complimented by a prominent solo.
The vintage sequencing, rhythm and moody spheres of the “Finale” of the title track brings the album to nice closing.
All in all, nice going guys!


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