When experiencing the sonic content of “Paradise”, the fifth solo album by German synthesist Robert Schroeder, one could consider its outcome as a kind of future music. Not in the least by the opening track “In Memory of Paradise”, which on one side is fairly melodic and nicely sequenced, but also grounded in ‘80 electronic music.
Guenther Beckers added some nice expressive acoustic and guitar synthesizer to this track, which gradually evolves in mid-tempo while the strange sound of metallic objects are occasionally scattered among the soundscape. The following “Moments” is more positive and furthermore melodic oriented as it gradually sets things in motion with a (to my taste a bit too) pronounced solo voice on top.
With the atmospheric “Deep Dream”, the short interlude “Balance” and “Future Memories”, the music shifts into quieter, more cosmic mode, slowly returning to the start of the album. This all makes tracks one till five a kind of suite.
Thereafter, the music unfortunately turns up the pop-alley with the average “Skywalker”, an instrumental dance track that was also made available as 7″ single and 12″ maxi.
The almost 9-minute “Time Machine” ventures out in a rather monotone synth-landscape with its cold, metallic sequencer riff with a few not very meaningful additional synth licks. The last track is “Timeless”, an alienating composition with screamy sound bits and otherworldly synth pads to which some acoustic guitar is added later on.
So despite its strong sense of 80’s Berlin school electronics, I overall consider “Paradise” also as cold and distant, making it not everyone’s cup of tea.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Robert Schroeder artist page
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