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PICTURE MUSIC

Klaus Schulze

 

Progressive Electronic

3.76 | 62 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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3 stars 6/10

"Picture Music" is more abstract than previous klaus Schulze albums, however not as intriguing.

Klaus Schulze's fourth album is one that still puzzles the listener: it is not one that follows the norms of what this musician usually gives to himself, not being anywhere near 'Cyborg' nor 'Irrlicht'. 'Blackdance', the third album, was probably the closest thing to 'Picture Music' so far. The result is pretty enjoyable overall and somewhat surprising too.

By saying that 'Picture Music' is different from the rest means that space seems to not be the main theme: there are some spacey elements in some spots, but the overall feel is much more abstract, as if in fact it was music for your mind instead of music made for creating space odysseys in your head. Slight synth wobbles give a strong, yet cold rigidity, the atmospheres are more claustrophobic because of a lack of reverb, only occasionally slight phrases of strong, fractured synthesizer accents.

The two long pieces of the album are stretched out, meditative, but at times underwhelming: The first track, 'Totem', is the superior one: more engaging, more interesting in terms of sound, and more effective in the attempted process to relax the listener. 'Mental Door' is forgettable, no particular moments are effective nor extremely enjoyable, minutes after minutes simply pass by without anything exciting happening.

'Picture Music' is enjoyable overall, even though at times, especially in the second and final track, the music is straight-out boring and unsatisfying.

EatThatPhonebook | 3/5 |

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