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PETE NAMLOOK & K. SCHULZE: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOOG V

Klaus Schulze

 

Progressive Electronic

3.11 | 24 ratings

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Bonnek
Special Collaborator
Prog Metal Team
3 stars "Psychedelic Brunch"

The fifth chapter in the moog series kicks off with an introduction from mr. Robert Moog himself My name is Robert Moog ... and I would like to present to you the Dark Side of the Moog, it 's followed by a wonderful moog improvisation from Schulze, whose presence is felt much more prominently then on the previous album. On Part III both artist are equally involved, Schulze with his rhythmic synth pulse and Namlook with fitting dub/jungle beats that will serve as a recurring theme through the album. Also Bill Laswell helps out a hand.

So far the album has taken an excellent start and Part IV continues the momentum with a gorgeous mellotron piece, throwing us right back to the out worldly beauty of Tangerine Dream's Phaedra album. Especially Sequent C and Mysterious Semblance come to mind. Beautiful contribution.

Namlook is a huge Tangerine Dream fan and - as already pointed out here - the basic pulse from Part V is a clear nod to their masterpiece Invisible Limits, which always makes me feel like I'm 12 years old as this used to be the tune for the weekly Lottery draw on Flemish TV back in the 80's. Namlook's ambient improvisation around the theme is very adequate. Of course, at 16.20 minutes it may be a bit too much for some.

Part VI starts as a continuation of the ambient dub of Part III, but after 2 minutes, the rhythm is dropped and Schulze reaches stellar heights with very melodious waves of orchestral synths. Part VII stays in the same cosmic territories with uncanny tube sounds. My best guess is that it is a Namlook contribution, as it reminds me a lot of some of the music on his Air I & II albums.

Part VIII is entirely different but equally gorgeous. It carries on the dub rhythm that was introduced in Part III and adds washes synths and mellotron on top, with a catchy melodious moog lead rounding it off at the end.

Psychedellic Brunch is a very rich and diverse album, the first entirely consistent high point in this series for me. 3.5 stars, strong progressive electronic release.

Bonnek | 3/5 |

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