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BODY LOVE (OST)

Klaus Schulze

 

Progressive Electronic

3.97 | 117 ratings

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Modrigue
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3 stars No bontempi keyboards here

3.5 stars

Klaus Schulze's first soundtrack is for... an erotic movie! Believe it or not, his previous albums "Timewind" and "Moondawn" were already used by German film director Lasse Braun as background music for his scenes. Logically, he directly asked the electronic musician to compose the score for his next production, "Body Love". But don't worry, there are no soporific, flat or lazy composition here. Schulze still proposes a musical trip through his hypnotic and slowly evolving soundscapes. Then... is this a follow up to "Moondawn", or even "Timewind"? More precisely, "Body Love" can be seen rather as futuristic evolution, mainly due to the percussive elements of future ASHRA drummer Harald Grosskopf, but also due to the dynamicity of the tracks and their science-fiction sonorities.

"Stardancer" can be described as a more lively and upbeat version of "Totem", from the "Picture Music" album. After a trippy cosmic introduction, pulsating sequences and synthesizer waves give life to mystical whirlwinding keyboards. It even sound Middle-Eastern-ish at times. Mesmerizing! Probably my favorite passage of the record. Dedicated to his girlfriend, "Blanche" is maybe the more suited piece to an erotic scene of the entire soundtrack. In contrast with the other tracks, this is a kind of electronic romance. Beginning with a delicate and calm piano introduction, it displays a relaxing and oneiric sonic landscape. No rhythm here, just a peaceful ambiance.

Longest composition of the album, the 27 minutes "P.T.O" can be seen as extended version of "Stardancer". After a magnificent spacey and contemplative opening, the middle sequenced section is not bad but tends to become a little repetitive and monotonous. This passage could have been shortened. The deliverance arrives with a delightfully surprising break introducing the final part, which brings the listener somewhere between the stars...

Quite different from TANGERINE DREAM's movie scores, "Body Love" is a good soundtrack and even surpasses "Moondawn" in terms of variety and attractiveness. Harald Grosskopf's drums are a welcomed addition and brings a futuristic tone to Schulze's stretched soundscapes. I did not see the film, but, except for the piano overture of "Blanche", I can difficulty imagine how well the music is suited... To be honest, I would not recommend to play it neither for a romantic dinner nor to make love. Instead of erotic and sensual tracks, what we have here somehow foreshadows the 'trance music' of the nineties!

During your Klaus Schulze musical journey, don't be afraid by the soundtrack denomination or the nature of the movie it addresses. "Body Love" should by no means be considered as a minor effort by the German pioneer and is at the level of his other studio opuses of the 70's. Do not hesitate to dive into this nice retro-science fiction ambiance and give it a listen!

Modrigue | 3/5 |

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