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Klaus Schulze


Progressive Electronic

3.57 | 185 ratings

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4 stars The title "irrlicht" - in english "will-o'-the-wisp" - describes very well the content of this album.

This album throw the listener straight into another world. I won't describe the full instrumentation, but its essentially based on a quadriphony using organ, VCS-3 & Moog III synths. No drums, although Klaus Schulze is a drummer... But it's not a lack. It's quite an arythmic music, very minimalist, but with an attentive ear, it's a real discovery, a trip in another world, maybe the travel of your mind once you're dead... It seems to me that the organ represents the track whose listener shouldn't deviate. everything else is the unknown life around that path. And this all along the album. The first part walks us through a desolate landscape, with strange noises around, that could be somthing like spirits. That part suits well with the sleeve picture. The second part, the shorter one, brings us into an underground world, let us walk, or fly, through different gate, which close noisily behind us, with spirits around, who are the guides or the guards, and who protect us from the hostile creatures of which we hear the heavy breathing near. The last part happens in a vast area, less dangerous, where we travel, almost in peace, during twenty minutes.

The complete album releases a heavy, glaucous, misty atmosphere. It's obviously not a funny work, and you can't listen to it at any time. it's an introspection music to be carefully listened to. It's forme the best album of Klaus Schulze.

| 4/5 |


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