“New Frequencies Vol. 2” is proof Robert Schroeder has further developed his own musical trademark of contemporary electronic music, merging melody with a whole range of groovy and sometimes even dance-like elements.
Although more varied than anything Robert put out before, the best parts in his music stay the soft soaring solos and textures, reminding of his style of the old days. In addition, I find the use of voice samples and vocoder pads on a few spots not appropriate and/or rather distracting. The additional guitar parts stay in the same realm as we know them from previous solo albums and collaborations.
The almost 10-minute “Northern Lights”, found in the middle of the recording, is the most high-tech and spatial outing on the album. Despite its profound groovy nature, it also seems to me Robert here is also trying a bit too much at one time. “Skyscrapers” doesn’t impress in the first few minutes, but really pulls some strings when things start to move.
All in all, I’m not convinced if every Schroeder-fan will simply like this second chapter of swinging and rather spiced-up electronics, again with slightly higher beats per minute.
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