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Klaus Schulze


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3.73 | 197 ratings

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3 stars Moondawn is Schulze's first release with acoustic percussion not done by himself, and it's not a bad experiment. The drums aren't overpowering in any way, and comes off sounding like a mellower Force Majeure/Cyclone-era Tangerine Dream kind of sound.

The sounds of floating synths mark the beginning of "Floating". After a few minutes of floaty, synthy drones, a clear percussive beat is established. Nothing fancy - just some bass drum, high hat, and floor toms in 4/4. The music eventually takes off as the sequences of synths completely invade the organic vs. inorganic soundscape that works so well. This track is fast paced, and will be liked by fans of "Bayreuth Return" from the Timewind album, though the music here is a bit less cosmic and much more energetic.

"Mind Phaser" starts off sounding a lot like Meshuggah and a little bit like Green Day. Just kidding - it's very dreamy synth music with a mythological siren-song soaring atop crashing waves and thunder. However, this song switches from beautiful and mellow to energetic and loud way too suddenly. The rest of the track, from the mid-point onward, sounds like spacier ELP. I don't like ELP, and I don't particularly like this track either.

Moondawn is a decent album, but it doesn't suit my personal taste as much as I'd hoped. The first track is great, and so is the first half of the second track. It's random exertion of strength at the end of the album that just seems so randomly forced upon the wonderful cosmic sound that Schulze usually works with.

colorofmoney91 | 3/5 |


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