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Hello all.

E-Day 2012 is Tomorrow. I hope to see many there!
Live performances by:
PICTURE PALACE MUSIC.
STEVE DINSDALE (member of Radio Massacre International)
PHIL BOOTH and JEZ CREEK
Tickets are still available on the day itself!!

Wednesday we collected the new Groove releases.
Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
VoLt - Circuits (cd)
And all pre-orders are on their way!!

We also have the new Klaus Schulze - La vie electronique 11 in stock.
Pre-orders are on their way but we still have a lot of them with us at E-Day!!
So you can pick one up if you are there!
And just hot from the press we also have the brand new AWENSON in.
SAPHONIC is a great new album by one of France finest Berlin school artist.

And we have a new star at the EM horizon.
KEBU with his To Jupiter and back is a great release with a lot of
influences by Jarre, Vangelis and Mike Oldield. If melodic music is your thing
you will love this!!
I am sure all fans of John Dyson, Eric v.d. Heijden etc will love this release.
We will play it very soon in Dreamscape radio.

Also new releases by Forrest Fang - Animism, Kraftwerk - Catalogue (EMI) (8-cd)
Craig Padilla - Heart Of The Soul, Steve Roach - Day out of time (10th
Ann. Edition) Robert Schroeder - New frequencies vol.2, Van der Graaf Generator -
Vital Live. Many are going to be release in May and June so check out the
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We hope to play tracks soon on Dreamscape radio

And here some extra concert informations.
OTPNYC | ONE THOUSAND PULSES NEW YORK CITY
First of is a special concert in the USA with my great friends BKS!!
OTPNYC with Broekhuis, Keller & Schonwalder, Alpha Wave Movement, &
Groupthink, Sunday, May 6 @ 7:30 PM @ Theaterlab. Admission is $12.
Advance tickets can be purchased here: http://otp.ticketleap.com/otpnyc.
We hope to see you all on the 6th for this superb evening of
provocative electronica!
OTPNYC | ONE THOUSAND PULSES NEW YORK CITY

and Rene Splinter Live in the Bochum Planetarium on the 12th of May.
info here http://www.renesplinter.com/The_Event_Horizon_Concert.html
Groove will have a stall there so we offer a 10% discount on all
pre-ordered Groove
CD's, if you want any other title then a Groove title let me know
I will bring it along:-)

Dreamscape Radio this week with the following artists: Synco, Divinorum,
Alio die, Brendan Pollard e.a. Dreamscape Radio show 186 is now on-line.
http://www.dreamscaperadio.nl

Thanks for your time!! Hope to see you at E-Day!!
E-News is made by Ron Boots.
Thanks to all who contribute news.

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These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.

Awenson - Saphonic (cd)
Forrest Fang - Animism (digipak) (cd)
Kebu - To Jupiter and back (cd)
Kraftwerk - Catalogue (EMI) (japan import, box) (8-cd)
Craig Padilla - Heart Of The Soul (cd)
Steve Roach - Day out of time (10th Ann. Edition) (cd + video)
Robert Schroeder - New frequencies vol.2 (cd)
Van der Graaf Generator - Vital Live (2CD) (2-cd)
Klaus Schulze - La vie electronique 11 (digipak) (3-cd)
Keller & Schonwalder & Broekhuis - Red (digipak) (cd)
Mythos - Quasar (cd)
Faber - Universal Flow (cdr)
FD.Project - Quadea (cdr)
Fratoroler - Looking Forward (cdr)
Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
Namlook + Material Object - Ambient Gardener - Autumn (ltd. edition) (2-cd)
Pete Namlook - Music for urban meditation 4 (ltd. edition) (2-cd)
Harald Nies - Cableworld (cdr)
Patchwork - Connect (cdr)
Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
John Sherwood - Darklight Vol.3 (2-cdr)
John Sherwood - Darkness is Falling (2-cdr)
John Sherwood - Report on Probability A (3-cdr)
John Sherwood - Report on Probability A (3-cdr)
John Sherwood - Ritual Vol. 2 Longform ambient (2-cdr)
Russell Storey - Hallucinating (cdr)
Synergy - Computer Experiments V.1 (cd)
The Grey Encounter - Dark Matter (ltd. edition) (cdr)
VoLt - Circuits (cd)

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Schallwende E.v. presents:

On May 12th 2012 I will be performing at the Zeiss Planetarium of
Bochum (Germany). With a two hour show I'll be presenting my latest
album Singularities, some of my previous works, as well as some new
experiments, accompanied with breathtaking dome projections provided
by Klaus-Dieter Unger.

Groove will have a stall there so we offer a 10% discount on all pre-ordered Groove
CD's, if you want any other title then a Groove title let me know
I will bring it along:-)

The show starts at 20:00.
Ticket price: EUR 15,00 (Reduced price at EUR 12,00. Please check the
link below for details).
Address:
Zeiss Planetarium Bochum, Castroper Straße 67, 44791 Bochum
Tickets can be ordered at the planetarium's website directly:
www.planetarium-bochum.de
Ticket hotline: +49 (0) 221 280 214

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"The Return of Planet X" - Ron Boots, REMY & friends
Live at the Great Church of Haarlem
Saturday May 19th, 2012
Doors open: 19:00 / Start: 19:45 The Musicians

The Concert

The three part programme combines electronic music with classical
elements at the unique site of the Grote of St.Bavokerk, situated in
the city centre of Haarlem. Headlining musicians Ron Boots and REMY
(Stroomer) will play in front of the world famous C. Müller organ.
REMY performs one hour of music, exclusively composed for this
occasion. Besides using electronics and the grand piano, he will be
accompanied by violinists Wouter de Ruyter and Dick Bijlsma and cello
player Martine de Ket, members of the Symfonie Orkest Bloembollenstreek.
Ron Boots' part consists of a 45-minute set, inspired by the late 70s
period music of Klaus Schulze and also contains completely exclusive
music. He will be accompanied by fellow synth player Eric van der
Heijden and percussionist Harold van der Heijden. Two musicians Ron
has collaborated regularly with in the past twenty years.
The third part of `The Return of Planet X' will see Ron Boots and REMY
performing together. Details about this set will be announced shortly.

Schedule

19:00 Doors open
19:45 - 20:45 Concert REMY
20:45 - 21:05 Break
21:05 - 21:55 Concert Ron Boots
21:55 - 22:15 Break
22:15 - 23:00 Concert REMY & Ron Boots

Tickets (12 euros) are now available from:
Online: http://shop.desertedislandmusic.nl
Physical: Great Church of Haarlem, Grote Markt, Haarlem / VVV,
Verwulft, Haarlem

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E-Day 2012 is on 28-04-2012
In The Enck at Oirschot (near Eindhoven)

PICTURE PALACE MUSIC
STEVE DINSDALE of Radio Massacre International
BOOTH & CREEK

Besides the concerts, there is also the possibility to meet
labels and musicians who will be there. We expect a very nice day in the lobby.
The Enck has the beautiful Grand Caf? where we will have all the
stands during the day..

The day looks like this.

13:00 Cash register Open (CAFE IS ALREADY OPEN THEN!)
15:00 Concert hall open
15:15 Concert Booth & Creek (UK)
16:30 Break
17.15 Concert Steve Dinsdale (UK)
18:30 Break
21:00 Concert Picture Palace Music (Germany)
23:00 Possible ending.

Where?? In Theater de Enck
De Loop 67, 5688 EW Oirschot

Check www.E-Live.nl for all info.

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JUKEBOX
The new jukebox contains 6 titles.
To listen: click on the JUKEBOX button on www.groove.nl

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NON-GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Tangerine Dream - Machu Picchu (cd)
2: Klaus Schulze - La vie electronique 11 (3-cd)
3: Robert Schroeder - D.MO VOL. 3 (cd)
4: Tangerine Dream - Booster V (2-cd)
5: Uwe Reckzeh - Mirror Images (cdr)
6: Spyra + Roksana - Overture (cd)
7: LOOM is Johannes Schmoelling & Jerome Froese - Scored (2-cd)
8: Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij - Return to the origin (cd)
9: Remotion - Between fiction and reality (cd)
10: Wavestar - Moonwind (cd)

GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: VoLt - Circuits (cd)
2: Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
3: Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
4: Gert Emmens - An Artist's Stroke (cd)
5: Gert Emmens - Metamorphosis (cd)
6: V/A - E-Day 2011 (cd)
7: Ron Boots - Ante Oculos (cd)
8: MorPheusz - Garden Gnomes and Goblins (cd)
9: MorPheusz - Days of delirium & nocturnal nightmares (cd)
10: Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times (cd)

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Additions and changes from April 21 2012 till April 27 2012

*review added *
Alio Die - DECONSECRATED AND PURE (cd) 81082
2012. Acoustic and real sounds.
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=81082

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Awenson - SAPHONIC (cd) 21689
2012. A brand new albu by one of France's most interresting EM Musicians.
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21689

*review added *
Between Interval - SECRET OBSERVATORY (cd) 81960
2005. 4 long-form mixes of timeless dimensionless atmospheres. Like "Pheadra".
$ 16.75 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.99
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=81960

*new in stock *
Faber - UNIVERSAL FLOW (cdr) 56996
2012. Adventures sounds on this already 5th album of Roland Schmidt
aka FABER. Many moods are covered on this wonderful new release..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=56996

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Fang, Forrest - ANIMISM (cd) 45047
2012. Fang creates a diverse musical style that fuses timeless Fourth
World acoustic instruments with a modern fractal ambient sound.
Inspired by the belief that all living forms possess a spirit or life force.
Digipak
Release date: June 19 2012
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=45047

*review added *
Indra - INTERACTIVE PLAY (VOL. 2) (cdr) 40562
2012. Sampler to get his music out there to taste and try. One unique
new track of 25 minutes!!.
$ 18.25 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.40
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=40562

*review added *
Indra - MATANGI SPECIAL EDITION (CD9) (cdr) 21515
2012. Special Edition Tantric Celebration CD 9 Part 9 of a 12 part series..
$ 18.25 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.40
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21515

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Kebu - TO JUPITER AND BACK (cd) 68771
2012. Kebu is a keyboard wizard who creates new instrumental
synthesizer music influenced by the kind that was made in the 70s and
80s. Artists like Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, and Mike Oldfield are
his inspiration.
Remastered.
Contains 5 bonus tracks.
$ 12.99 / UKP 9.75 / EURO 10.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=68771

*review added *
Keller & Schonwalder & Broekhuis - HAMPSHIRE JAM (cdr) 19186
2012. The Geman Dutch collective life at is best! This album is
recorded live at Hampshire Jam III on 24th October 2004.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=19186

*review added *
Keller & Schonwalder & Broekhuis - RED (cd) 40913
2012. 3 long live pieces in Berlin School style.
Digipak
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=40913

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Kraftwerk - CATALOGUE (EMI) (8-cd) 88758
2012. Their 8 albums in one Box now as European release!!.
Japan import.
Remastered.
$ 152 / UKP 113 / EURO 129
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=88758

*track listing and cover added *
Lamp - THREE TOWERS (cd) gr-191
2012. Michael Shipway joined by Garth Jones made this great new album
full of great melodies and sequencing. If you like VoLt and Michaels
music you will love this!.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-191

*new in stock *
Nies, Harald - CABLEWORLD (cdr) 50635
2012. Powerful themes, strong symphonic melodies.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=50635

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Padilla, Craig - HEART OF THE SOUL (cd) 41474
2012. Heart Of The Soul is a blend of gentle piano melodies, pulsing
analog sequences and the classic synth explorations that have come to
define Craig Padilla's releases over the past fifteen years..
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=41474

*review added *
Parsons, David - EARTHLIGHT (cd) 44945
2009. Purely synthesizer-based music.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.25
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=44945

*track listing and cover added *
Picture Palace music - INDULGE THE PASSION (cd) gr-193
2012. Dynamic and versatile Music by one of the best bands in our scene..
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-193

*new in stock *
Rachel´s Memory - UNDERSTATED DRAMA (cdr) 79898
2012. Intriguing grooves meet atmospheric synth sounds, intoxicating
beats mix with harmonic strings and over these exceptional sounds
float the engrossing yet captivating female vocals..
Contains 1 bonus track.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=79898

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Roach, Steve - DAY OUT OF TIME (10TH ANN. EDITION) (cd + video) 34918
2012. Elegantly repackaged with a special value-added DVD: Steve
Lazur's film Time of the Earth. power of the desert has been a core
inspiration of Steveand this release presents the zenith of that period..
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=34918

*review added *
Roach, Steve - GROOVE IMMERSION (cd) 26088
2011. This release reveals an entrancing facet within Steve's evolving
Immersion series. At times, an almost weightless sense of being
becomes another part of this of mind-altering GROOVE IMMERSION experience.
$ 18.25 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.40
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=26088

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Schroeder, Robert - NEW FREQUENCIES VOL.2 (cd) 59049
2012. An extreme work, very diverse, sophisticated synthesizer and
sequencer arrangements and overall an exceptional quality in
composition and production sound - a non-prescription antidepressants.
Release date: 20 May 2012
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.80
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=59049

*new in stock *
Schulze, Klaus - LA VIE ELECTRONIQUE 11 (3-cd) 37263
2012. .. VOL.11.
Remastered.
Digipak
$ 24.99 / UKP 18.75 / EURO 21
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37263

*track listing and cover added *
Sherwood, John - MARK ROTHKO (3-cdr) 26928
2012. 3 Long dark pieces inspired by Mark Rothko.
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=26928

*review added *
Tangerine Dream - FINNEGANS WAKE - JAMES JOYCE (cd) 71740
2011. "Finnegans Wake" is probably one of the most misinterpreted
books. Tangerine Dream comes up with to give the book an unusual dress
of sounds it just guides you through a different world of distinct perceptions.
$ 20.25 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 16.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=71740

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Van der Graaf Generator - VITAL LIVE (2CD) (2-cd) 64265
2005. From the most extreme live band in the world the most extreme
live album This album was recorded at The Marquee on the 16th January 1978.
Remastered.
$ 22.49 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=64265

*track listing and cover added *
Volt - CIRCUITS (cd) gr-192
2012. A brand new release by VoLt, we waited long for this but it was
worth the wait, absolutly brilliant!!.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-192

*track listing and cover added *
Zanov - IN COURSE OF TIME (lp) 85845
1994.
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=85845

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Roach, Steve - Back to Life (25989)

Year after year the American label Projekt continues to support Steve
Roach's crazy creative prolificacy with beautiful albums which follow
the intuitive curves of the synthesist hermit of the Californian
deserts. Ambiences stigmatized within iridescent breaths and delicate
rhythms which pulsate with the fear of evaporating these breezes as
much lyric as clanic, Back to Life is a beautiful album which presents
the best of both atmospheric universes from Steve Roach.
It's with a mixture of earthly and lunar breaths that opens "Where
Rasa Lives". Like a resounding noise of an engine propelling an
intergalactic vessel floating at low speed, the synth layers get
agglutinate to form a dense and intense sound veil from where are
escaping more crystal clear veins which shine in a thick magma of
synth larva. The signature of Roach is perceptible with his synth
layers which float and blend with this strange subjugation that the
synthesist gives to his long movements of lyrical stillness while
bright musical effects strew the slow and tortuous procession up until
some muffled rhythms, initiated by fine clanic rattles at about the
10th minute. Rhythms which shake discreetly the morphic waltz of the
stratified layers and which go out some 4 minutes later, leading
"Where Rasa Lives" towards its hearth of contemplativity. The breezes
of "Cloud Cover" are even more overwhelming. They build up like big
black clouds and smother an eclectic musical fauna stu ffed with
droning elements. Unstable the movement dies down to embrace a phase
of metallic humming, shifting the cold tranquility of "Cloud Cover"
towards the warm spiritual rhythms of the soft poetic drums from
"Tranquility Base". This title is pure Roach with a rhythmic structure
finely livened up by aboriginal tom-toms which structure a soporific
and hallucinogenic trance that superb spectral stratas cover by
mesmerizing wandering hoots. "The Wonder of It All" and "Touchstones"
bring us back into the tetanized universe of the introduction with
layers filled by a fine taste of bluish metal which fly over a
sluggish structure while the iridescent breaths of "Everything Inside"
are warmer. Breaths which overflow towards the title-track and
metamorphose into an immense pond of opaline waves whose silvery
singings glide over the same rhythmic spasms which shook "Where Rasa
Lives", but over a longer period, looping the loop of Back to Life's
first CD. It's in an absolute peace of mind that "Mist of Perception"
takes place. This long title fed by stratas of synth which float as a
mass of warm air is discreetly guided by muffled knockings of which
the slightly arrhythmic pulsations are smothered by the discreet
hummings of subterranean machinery. It's a long linear movement where
the synth layers to silvery tones and the galvanized hoops intertwine
to form an opaque iron curtain. A veil of iron moving on a static
rhythm which dies out with the patience of its long procession in the
immersive fogs of the synths to tones as warm as dreamlike.
There is only Steve Roach for insufflate a musicality to musical forms
printed by a rhythmic stillness. Back to Life follows the long dark
and ambient corridors of Dynamic Stillness and Sigh of Ages. It's an
extremely meditative album where some fragments of rhythms which
decorate the profound dreamlike atmospheres add a new dimension to the
musical approaches dedicated to meditation. Tribal, atmospheric,
ambient and cosmic; Back to Life is another milestone in Steve Roach's
career which not only sculptures but also controls rhythms as much
morphic and hypnotic which are superb complements to his dances of winds.

Sylvain Lupari
gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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Heijden, Eric van der - Dal Segno (gr-182)

The first time that my ears crossed the melodious electronic world of
Eric van der Heijden it was with Da Capo, from the album of the same
name released in 1998, that the band Morpheusz (group for which Eric
van der Heijden is part of) reworked on the album From the Forgotten
Rooms of has Lonely House. I had found that very beautiful and hyper
melodic, with a net influence for the orchestral structures of
Vangelis. Dal Segno is made in the same mould. It's an album as
intense as poetic with dreamy and melodic structures which abound and
form some very beautiful ear worms around superb electronic ballads.
Dal Segno means The Sign. The sign is the universal language. And the
universal language could be the one of music. To say the least it's
the nature of the text recited by Caren Weisleder over the floating
mists of "Signature of Signs". This ethereal intro leads us to "The
Inner Self" and its dramatic and symphonic breaths of synth which sing
on beautiful modulations from a misty synth. Mists which float adrift
on violin clouds, bringing down a rain crackling under the thunders of
cymbals. The movement is of an angelic tenderness. Cradled and
propelled by iridescent breezes, it glides towards the melancholies of
an electric piano of which the notes fall as tears in the middle of a
fine whirlwind of a dreamlike rain, drawing a nostalgic melody which
charms the choruses singing on heavy orchestral modulations. This
evasive melody continues up to the bells of a cosmic angelus,
introducing "Feel" from which the morphic sweetness ends the delicate
poetic trilogy induced by the first breezes of "Signature of
Signs"."Sign of Life" offers the first rhythmic movements of Dal Segno
with a line of bass loosening its fine pulsations which beat a
delicate measure around a series of three keys to tones of felted wood
that some sober percussions frame with delicate strikings. Everything
is of sweetness. The synth layers divide their harmonies between tears
of violins and wandering choirs, whereas those arpeggios with felted
ringing draw a smooth melody impregnated of a mysterious veil. Always
delicate, the rhythm increases a bit its cadence under the soloing
breaths of an extremely harmonious synth which borrows the skin of a
solitary saxophone. The piano notes which penetrate the introductory
mist of "Joy of Being" draw a beautiful melodic line that a fine synth
switches into a soft whistling to mold a more ethereal mood, giving an
air which sounds so much like Mike Oldfield's melodious Foreign
Affair. Percussions which click silently, a fine slightly hopping bass
line and cymbals with a soft samba tempo assure the rhythmic portion
which remains always delicate, while the synths and piano forge a
contemplative melody which gets into tune with a more livened up and
even more melodious 2nd part.
"Beyond the Dream Lies Universal Love" shows all the melodic influence
of Vangelis over Eric van der Heijden. The intro is dark and frees a
solitary piano which lays a wonderful meditative melody. Progressive
riffs and felted echoing percussions add a balladesque depth to this
track which evolves in a soft boleric crescendo à la Chariots of Fire.
The harmonic line is soaked of a dramatic as well as romantic approach
with a 2nd very musical part where the notes of a dreamy piano are
flowing on a rivulet of prismatic sequences, while the synth is
tearing the lyrical ambience with breaths which cry on the strikings
of more increasing percussions. By far it's one of the most melodious
titles on Dal Segno with the title track which is to tear any armor of
indifference and of which the superb strummed melody roams on an
absent rhythm. The intro of "Dal Segno" soaks in a cinematographic
approach with its soft pulsations which buzz with delicacy around
crystalline arpeggios which drag w ith the solitude in the heart,
depicting quite well the meaning of the expression of a lost soul. And
the rhythm espouses another crescendo form with percussions to
resonant strikings and sequenced riffs which bind themselves to the
hatched violin strata, exploiting marvellously a philharmonic approach
for a title which dresses constantly its tenderness of poignant
musical elements and of which the finale is to cut the emotionalism
with its glass arpeggios which ring on a sequential movement which
dies out in the forsaken echoes of the dreamlike ringing. The metallic
synth breezes which jostle the intro of "The Journey" throw us in the
futuristic spheres of Blade Runner. A piano with solemn notes pops out
and weave a melodic procession that other piano notes chisel of a
high-spirited approach, drawing a fine whirlwind of notes with
piercing ringing. This ritornello goes astray into intriguing
pulsations while "The Journey" borrows a musical corridor more
mysterious than harmonious w ith a synth which throws aphrodisiac
sighs. Groans which roam between two moods and which are accosted by
Fran Dorittke's guitar to be then harpooned by the percussions of
Harold van der Heijden, propelling the soft melodic approach of the
intro in a heavier rhythm where the solos of synth and guitars are
trading the evasive lines of a spiral melody.
I adored the harmonious and emotional depth which goes out of this
splendid album from Eric van der Heijden. Dal Segno is not a complex
album, nor of Berlin School one. Far from there! But it's an album of
a surprising musical wealth where melodies weave beautiful ear worms
which sing and charm on much diversified structures. From ambient to
melodic, while passing by a long title with strong influences of the
Dutch electronic movement, Dal Segno is the total antidote for those
who miss Vangelis. It's very beautiful and magnificently poetics. Eric
van der Heijden cradles our dreams with superb strummed melodies of
which the sweetnesses are devoured by beautiful orchestral
arrangements and delicious crescendo as dramatic as harmonious. We
cannot allow passing a so beautiful album. For those who love
Vangelis, of course, and also Mike Oldfield and as well as Bernd Kistenmacher.

Sylvain Lupari
gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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Aglaia - Absolutely Deep (64683)

Gino Fioravanti and Gianluigi Toso, the two Italian sonic magicians of
Aglaia, have returned in February 2012 with three exciting works,
"Absolutely Deep" is one of them. The masters of fascinating nocturnal
and daylight atmospheres unfold the journey with "Go Melt Back Into
The Night", 11 and half minutes long walk through a grassy forest
meadow with stars illuminating this absolutely tranquil scenery.
Beautifully radiant and euphoric drones floate with all their
graciousness, this is Aglaia at its most relaxing and immersing!!! But
the timeless sound magic of Aglaia keeps on spreading, "Dragon Clouds
So High Above" is slightly more textured with slowly spiraling depth
and spaciousness evoking mesmerizingly soothing nostalgic moments.
"The Dusky Light The Day Is Losing" is colored with deeply
tranquilizing concert of distant night chirps, a warmly inviting sonic
symphony!!! "Whiter Clouds That Swing Down Low" attracts with few
crispy disrup tions and fragile effects, which complexly enrich highly
evocative drones and sound trully enchanting. Aerial, dreamy washes
are fully explored through "Twilight On The Frozen Lake", where the
listener floats along in a serene and peaceful stream of sound,
painting magical beauty of pristine winter landscape at sunset with
surrounding trees reflected in the ice. A really beautiful composition
producing a tremendous sense of tranquility. The next piece, "Time
Passes Slowly And Fades Away" is gently accompanied throughout by more
massive, rougher, hissy sounds, but still remaining warmly evocative.
"The Rain Beating Down On My Window" closes this deeply mesmerizing
walk with pleasantly soothing and refreshing texture. "Absolutely
Deep" album will relax your body and your mind will be wandering on a
one way trip to luminous and expansive peacefulness. The gorgeous
digipak packaging with various tree trunk textures and images helps
set the stage for this purely scenic and comfortable li stening experience!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 21, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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