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Edgar Froese


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3.51 | 61 ratings

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3 stars Inspiring flights

3.5 stars

From "Macula Transfer", Edgar Froese will now propose, in his solo albums, material different from what TANGERINE DREAM will be doing. Recorded before "Stratosfear" in summer 1976, this third effort may be the most original from the German pioneer. The compositions are mostly ambient, non-melodic and do not contain many changes. However, it its their strangeness and singularity that make the interest of this disc.

Froese imagined these tracks during five air flights and named them given their corresponding flight number. The sound quality is rather average.

"OS 452" is the best and most original tune of the record. An aerial mysterious tune displaying an ethereal atmosphere, dominated by guitar. On the contrary, the 11 minutes "AF 765" is darker and more synthetic. Featuring mainly distorted guitar soli over a fast short sequence, this composition pre-dates TD's music during their North American tour one year later, especially the "Cherokee Lane" and "Coldwater Canyon" tracks from "Encore". Pleasant, but a bit lengthy.

The electronic loop of "PA 701" is quite futuristic, but unfortunately the music itself is rather lazy. The strange "Quantas 611" displays a somber soundscape similar to "Zeit", while "IF 810" is the only composition with pieces of melody, announcing TD's "Sorcerer" soundtrack as well as Froese's next album, "Ages".

The dry and repetitive nature of the five tracks should not discourage you to board "Macula Transfer". You'll fly over quite unusual and intriguing soundscapes. Don't miss it if you're a TANGERINE DREAM or Edgar Froese fan.

Modrigue | 3/5 |


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