There are many legends in rhythmic music, but German Tangerine Dream is definitely among the legends. With their latest album Raum, the electronic visionary has reached 90 releases.
On their new album Raum, Tangerine Dream develop the concept of its precursor EP (Probe 6—8) further. Composed and produced with full access to Edgar Froese’s Cubase arrangements (and Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013), Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Paul Frick deliver late-night real time compositions combined with classic studio productions, sequencer driven haunting soundscapes alternate with anthemic warm synthesizers.
Composed in a time of social distancing and cancelled shows, the tracks cannot exactly be recreated (or will at least need significant re-instrumentation for a live performance). With the 17-minute ‘In 256 Zeichen’ they lay the fundament of this record. ‘Continuum’, with its repetitive sequence and broken beat shows glimpses of acid sounds and increasing choral atmospheres. ‘You Are Always On Time’ is built on PPG wavetable sounds and eerie field recordings.
The title track Raum makes a nod towards the early live studio performances like Zeit and Phaedra – the melody accompanied by a chorus-like Roland Jupiter 8 part. An ambient rave Moog Minitaur sequence highlights the final peak, till the violin slowly transports the listener out. A heavy Moog bass marks the beginning and the end of this 15-minute piece.
Raum is the band’s second studio album after the passing of the founder Edgar Froese in 2015. With deep respect for the sound of the previous five decades, this record continues in the ever-evolving pathway of Tangerine Dream.
The band will be supporting the release of Raum with live shows in 2022, starting with an extensive headline tour of the UK in March.
Sphinx7410 states, «Raum is sonically beautiful and ethereal with deep respect for the sound of the previous five decades, this record continues in the ever-evolving pathway of Tangerine Dream.
A warm, pulsating experience that leaves nothing but pleasant, harmonious feelings when it is over».
1. Continuum 07:09
2. Portico 06:42
3. In 256 Zeichen 19
4. You’re Always On Time 08:07 video
5. Along The Canal 05:29
6. What You Should Know About Endings 06:55
Edgar Froese formed Tangerine Dream in 1967. The band defines the term ‘Berlin School’ of Electronic music. After a long and producutive career, Edgar Froese suffered a pulmonary embolism and passed away suddenly in 20 Jan 2015 at the age of 70.
The band operated as a trio for many years featuring Froese, Peter Baumann and Christopher Franke, Line-up changes saw their departure and the band subsequently included Jerome Froese and has continued through the 2010’s led by Thorsten Quaeschning who joined in 2006.
If You Like Tangerine Dream listen to:
♦ Amon Düül ♦ Bernhard Beibl ♦ Christopher Franke ♦ Edgar Froese ♦ Jean Michel Jarre ♦ Jerome Froese ♦ Johannes Schmoelling ♦ Kitaro ♦ Klaus Schulze ♦ Kraftwerk ♦ Michael Hoenig ♦ Neuland ♦ Peter Baumann ♦ S-A-W ♦ Software ♦ Thorsten Quaeschning ♦ Ulrich Schnauss ♦ Vangelis ♦