In my last review I wrote about the power of music without words to convey a mood. That was in regard to traditional rock instruments. I feel that any type of instrument can be used in this manner, and my favorite of these is the most complex of musical devices, the synthesiser.
This is the instrument that Klaus Schulze uses to create music, which are soundscapes, in my mind. He was an early member of Tangerine Dream and was also in the band Ash Ra Tempel, two groups in which the synthesiser plays an integral part
Mr. Schulze has around 43 solo albums to his credit, the latest, which I’m reviewing here, is called Silhouettes.
The release consists of four epic tracks. My favorite is Der Lange Blick Zurück (The Long Look Back), with its etheral “voices”.
Ambient yet engaging, each song is a journey into sound, with a natural flow, and not a note seems out of place. To me this is not “sleepytime” music, as I am alert and curious while listening as where the glide of the music is going to travel next.
Some people argue that electronic music isn’t real music. That statement could perhaps be applied to some little EDM dancefloor bop, but this release contains a type of electronic music which seems very complex. If there were layers of acoustic pianos in the mix, would that make it more “real”? That one player and a rack of synths can create a room-filling sound that feels as big as an orchestral is very real to me.
Synthesisers have been around since the late 1950s, but they still sound like the future to me.
If you are a fan of electronic-based music, or are open to exploring that world, Mr. Schulze’s Silhouettes album is a wonderful place to start, with enveloping textures of sound that will keep you listening.
Release date: May 25, 2018
2. Der Lange Blick Zurück
3. Quae Simplex
4. Châteaux Faits Des Vent
Artist website: Klaus Schulze