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TIMEWIND

Klaus Schulze

 

Progressive Electronic

4.15 | 187 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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3 stars 6/10

"Timewind" is a decent midway album between the two golden Schulze periods.

Klaus Schulze's fifth album distances itself quite a bit from the musician's previous album, the abstract 'Picture Music', and goes towards a direction similar to the one early Tangerine Dream were going for.

Space once again is put aside on 'Timewind': the cold synthesizers, the fragile layers of the sound and especially the strong, yet atmospheric synth leads that linger for whole pieces, give a strange, primordial feeling, as the listener was transported into the beginnings of time and space. It's a somewhat dragging piece of work, where, as mentioned, the synth leads are for the most part remaining intact while around them Schulze throws in quirky sound effects or actual melodies. It has been so for other albums of the musician, like for 'Irrlicht' and 'Cyborg', although it wasn't as obvious as it is here. Pink-era Tangerine Dream influences are also noticeable, however, Schulze's style despite having the same roots as the band's, was always able to pull off a style completely different from theirs.

If 'Picture Music' is the ultimate abstract Schulze album, and 'Cyborg' at the time was the ultimate cosmic Schulze album (or 'Irrlicht'), 'Timewind' stands right in between: such an album could have been the most important one by far of the musician, as it resumed all of his previous works, however, despite being dragging in it's nature, fails at times to leave a strong impact, as 'Picture Music' did. The two tracks, one per each LP side, are very long, and require attentive and dedicated listening and it gets hard to keep such a concentration, and if one just relaxes to the music without paying that much attention to the details, he'll be missing most of the things going on. It's a rigidly complex album that alludes to more simplicity.

The two long tracks that shape 'Timewind' are both about half a half hour long, the first one being 'Bayreuth's Return', a slow, but somewhat hypnotic piece, and the second track 'Wanhfried 1883', even slower and more difficult to get into. Both of them aren't always as entertaining and effective as they should be, leaving a mark of disappointment after this hour long electronic meditation.

'Timewind' has some shiny moments here and there in both the tracks featured, however, as a whole neither of them can be exactly grab you from beginning to end, making it somewhat frustrating for the listener. Then again, 'Timewind' should be respected as a decent midway album for Klaus Schulze, who will accomplish his most grandiose albums after this LP.

EatThatPhonebook | 3/5 |

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