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EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE

Edgar Froese

 

Progressive Electronic

4.18 | 106 ratings

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4 stars It's common opinion that Edgar Froese's solo works, specially in the 70s don't add much to what he was already doing with Tangerine Dream, so that somebody wonders why he released solo materials at all. I have read a review saying that the material here is just a TD thing without the contribution of the other TD members.

Well, I can agree with this description, but to me this album contains all the things that I like in TD and differently from the excellent stuff brought out by the band in the late 70s the A side of Epsilon has, I think, something more.

The emulated flute that's the main instrument on the title track adds a touch of "classical" mood to the composition. I can't tell exactly a classical author, but I'm sure that people more expert than me with the early 20th Century classical music can identify one.

Epsilon, regardless the birds, the train, and all the background noises is relaxing and beauty, has a structure and melodies that sometimes lack even in masterpieces like Phaedra and Rubycon, where the repetitions and the smooth variations are the most relevant element.

The B-side is a bit more darker, and is effectively closer to the TD works of that period. Of course this is not a bad thing for a TD fan, but IMO the A side has something more.

If you like the late 70s TD you probably know this solo work as well, but if not, check it out. This is almost at the same level of he best TD releases so I rate it with 4 stars.

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