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Manuel Göttsching



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Initially recorded at the end of 1976, "Early Water" is a collaboration between ex-ASHRA RA TEMPEL Manuel Göttsching and ex-AGITATION FREE Michael Hoenig. The result of this session has been restored and entirely remixed by Hoenig in Los Angeles in 1995. The album consists in one single 50 minutes long track, in the pure style of the Berlin electronic school.

To replace things in their context, Göttsching had just recorded "New Age of Earth", and Hoenig had just collaborated in TANGERINE DREAM and KLAUS SCHULZE live performances. Compared to ASHRA's first album, the music is colder, hypnotic, sometimes oppressive, but always fluid. The important use of sequencers sounds sometimes futuristic. Manuel Göttsching's guitar is simply gorgeous and undulates around Hoenig's interlacing synthetizer loops. This long piece contains however some lengthy passages, especially the middle part, and therefore maintaining attention is difficult. In terms of ambiance, this has more similarities with a SCHULZE or a TD concert, certainly due to Hoenig's recent experiences.

Released in 1976 in a shortened version, "Early Water" would have stand up to comparison to other progressive electronic opus at the same time. A bit long, nonetheless recommended to TANGERINE DREAM or SCHULZE fans.

Modrigue | 3/5 |


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