[Groove] E-News 1261 30th November 2021
 
Hello all 

A short E-News, lost of work and music to be handled some cool special releses planned!!

Sad news this week as a great festival is now also cancelled thtough Covid.

B-Wave Festival canceled!

It is with great pain in our hearts that we (CC Muze, modular404, B-Wave) have to announce that the B-Wave Festival will not take place this year. Due to the sudden flare-up of covid19 and the adjusted measures, unfortunately, we cannot offer the great experience we had in mind. Under these circumstances, we cannot guarantee the safety of the visitors (and all the people behind the scenes), while we as organizers feel responsible not to spread the virus further.

We first considered postponing the festival, but ultimately decided to cancel it.
All tickets and stalls/tables of exhibitors will therefore be refunded.
We think this is the right decision in these special circumstances.
Thank you for understanding.

B-Wave, modular404, CC Muze.

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NEW PRODUCTS
These products are NEW in our catalog. Further in this newsletter are more details.
Awenson - Floating (cd)
Divine Matrix - Celestial Phenomena (cd)
Stefan Erbe - Serbenity (cd)
Kebu - Urban Dreams (digipak) (cd)
Kebu - Urban Dreams -2LP- (2-lp)
Steve Orchard - Enchanted Autumn (cd)
Paul Nagle & Matt Howarth - Species Gap (ltd. edition) (cd)
Projekt Gamma - Raum Patrouille (cdr)
Steve Roach - Live at SoundQuest Fest 2021 (cd)
Przemyslaw Rudz - Martian Anthology (cd)
S-A-W (Schmoelling -Ader - Waters) - Art of Iconic (dvd)
Erik Seifert - Poles =Remastered= (cd)
SEQUENTIA LEGENDA - Celestial (digipak) (cdr)
Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk - Eight Fragments of An Illusion (digipak) (cd)
Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters - Destiny Waiving (digipak) (cd)
Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters - Destiny Waiving (2CD versions) (digipak) (2-cd)
Wave Walkers - Kronos 21 (cd)


 
 
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reviews
 
32134 - Wavestar - Two

Expect the unexpected! Heavy of meaning, this sentence makes buying and discovering TWO more than a little suspicious. But let me reassure you right away; the unexpected is not really far from the roots of John Dyson and his new companions, Stephan Whitlan and Paul Ward who form the second episode of Wavestar; Wavestar II. The album is sewn in a vision more ambient than lively with a huge place for the synths which exploit their own sonic identity in a music that flirts a lot with an electronic Celtic genre. And Pauper's Ransom immediately reassures us with a hazy opening that lets us hear some synth chants with deceptive appearances. The songs are tender and melancholic with a slightly sharp tone. Spasmodic, an initial rhythmic lead plunges the track into a static flow with this synth and its melodic tunes that make the arpeggios floating all around them dance. Sweet and dreamy, this first part of Pauper's Ransom gives way to a more progres s ive electronic rock about ten seconds into the 6th minute. The synth chants, each with their own sonic identity, dominate this rock structure, which is push by good percussions, well managed by Paul Ward, which structures a driving rock. A big track for fans of synth solos and melodies performed by John Dyson and Stephan Whitlan. These synths coo in the opening of A Gesture which borrows a vaporous shade from the Tangerine Dream's Legend years. The ambient rhythm is articulated on two intersecting sequencer lines, one of which is more melodic, while haze pads amplify the influence of the Dream on this track which ends with synth solos. The tone changes with the arrival of The Hurting, a melody with a nostalgic spirit pushed by a synth and possibly a mellotron. It's very beautiful, tender and moving. Although a bit mysterious, Visionary is a bit in the same mold as A Gesture with sequenced arpeggios that exploit a harmonic hue of John Carpenter's Halloween. The rhythm remains more h a rmonic than driving with an atmospheric vision that suits well the numerous synth solos that like to exploit their own musical colours. Another Country amplifies this bucolic essence that comes out more and more as you discover TWO. Exploiting a moving texture like that of The Hurting, the music flows under the chords of a nice acoustic guitar that does not miss its rendezvous with a delicate piano.

Peaceful and moving, Bloodline continues in this vein of Celtic ambient music, almost spiritual, with a delicacy that translates into layers of mist gathering in a funeral procession gently pushed by a soft bass line. There is no flow, but a lot of sensitivity and emotionality accentuated by these layers of seraphic voices and trumpet tunes that come and go to torment a soul in search of answers. It's also with layers of mist flooding a ground in growth that Throne lands in our ears. From this musical mist is born a circular rhythmic movement structured by a sequencer where another l ine of glittering arpeggios is also stuck to give more depth to this second rhythmic approach of TWO. A good bass line establishes the link to percussions whose uncertain hits favor a sober singing of the synth. These vocals coo with melodic vision as keyboard riffs fall in symbiosis with the percussion. We come to Second Arrow and this track is the one that led me to describe the essence of this album as electronic Celtic music. The structure is very cinematic with its bed of orchestrations cradling the music in light and barely jerky staccato. The choice of instruments; flute, harpsichord, violin and Irish monastery choir exchange the roles of bucolic melodies. A very beautiful track with a more intense finale whose texture brings me back to Mike Oldfield mixed to Vangelis. The opening of Paragon features John Dyson on guitar, and boys he plays great! His guitar stretches out musings and solos, a bit bluesy, over a blanket of haze and occasional orchestrations. The ambient moveme n t lights up in the second half of the 3rd minute, creating a ballad that flows to a pensive bass line. The synth takes advantage of this to stretch its solos like the crying voices of a melancholic guitar played by the famous English guitarist, Gordon Giltrap, in a fascinating electric/electronic duel, inviting the orchestrations to create a static rhythm lulled by the movement in legato. Paragon falls afterwards in a good electronic slow dance where this duel between Gordon Giltrap and John Dyson concludes this fascinating album of Wavestar II that is indeed not what we were expected.

Solos and melodies of synths which flow and fly in profusion on structures more panoramic than rhythmic, this TWO possess different attributes which are not without charms. I like this bucolic freshness which gives this Celtic aspect in ambiences sewn of mysteries and of country nebulosity. For dreamers, fans of Mike Oldfield and Tangerine Dream!

Sylvain Lupari (September 13th, 2021)
 
 
17215 - Orchard, Steve - Listening for a Heartbeat

Steve Orchard's albums don't always pass that well. No! I'm expressing myself very badly here. I'll re-phrase. It's difficult to dive into Steve Orchard's universe after listening and analyzing a big progressive EM album or a psybient very dark and ambient. It's important to know that the music of the English guitarist is quite far from the borders of the EM style that I review. However, David Wright from AD Music regularly sends me his label's albums without putting any pressure on me. And sometimes, it's the beginning of a story. The last reviewed album of SO goes back to Skyway which had its little gems. It's following my discovery of the very beautiful Heart of the Shamman, by Divine Matrix, that I got interested in this LISTENING FOR A HEARBEAT. I thought it sounded very Mike Oldfield with deja-entendu all over the place in this imposing collection of titles more interesting than disappointing.

It's after some suffering cries of a gu itar that Spyglass twirls in a big electronic rock belted with flickering sequences. The layers of sounds accumulate between ethereal layers and orchestrations sometimes overexcited and at times cinematographic. The electric guitar is not without reminding Mike Oldfield, impression hidden in the majority of the titles of this album. One easily taps of the foot here! It's a duel between acoustic guitars which solves the introduction of How Many Worlds. A first melody is traced in the second layer of guitar to be transformed in the sharp melody of what sounds like an electric guitar. We're in the ballad genre here and if you're familiar with Seda Bağcan's Miracle, you're in familiar ground. Tropic of Capricorn is a track that is more about the percussions. They drum a structure without frontiers that serves well the interests of the electric six-string. Operetta offers a surprisingly sneaky structure that moves forward in slow jumps. It's a track that is efficient for laying dow n Steve Orchard's tasty guitar treatments. One can indeed hear an operetta, but also samples, in terms of whistled/fluted harmonies, of Walking on Wooden Legs from Johannes Schmoelling's Wuivend Riet album. Signal House layers a funky-rock structure with particularly good percussions. Apart from the vocals humming wooo-wooo-ahoom, we have a good rhythm structured for harmonies and guitar solos as much inspired than inspiring.

A Confidence in Heaven is a very beautiful track. Ambient, the movement is built on humm-humm-humm sounding a bit like MO's The Song of the Distant Earth, and synth layers with hybrid and well ethereal tones. The orchestrations are like honey on this structure tanned by a benevolent sun. The percussions get in near the 5th minute with vocal and cosmic effects always close to TSOTDE's controls. The rhythm turns into ballad with a beautiful piano which covers the harmonies of a guitar dreaming of solos already proposed in LISTENING FOR A HEARTBEAT. The orchest rations break the bonds of the naughtiest wanting to play hard. A genuinely nice track! In the inviting stuff, we find Static which flirts with the style of Michael Rother and his album Katzenmusik which flirts on its side with the memorable Neu!. Predicting the Distance offers a world beat with an Al Di Meola style guitar. The music flirts a bit with the heavy rock of Spyglass. But only a little! To the Naked Eye is a kind of rock with good percussions and a huge bass that frame quite well this melodic approach trying to dive for a future in the pink-candy pop. It's a listen to it well, even though I admit I'm getting further and further away from the album. But romantic and melancholic as I am, I couldn't resist this dramatic opening provided by the piano introducing Moons. And no matter how much of a moody ballad it is, I loved it all the way to its finale! Moons and the title track bring me back to the moods of LISTENING FOR A HEARTBEAT with a good romantic slow title played un d er the full moon bringing together the flavors of Patrick O'Hearn and Darshan Ambient. It's a playful piano followed by big percussions, an acoustic guitar and finally a flute that invites us to Solar Safari. As its title indicates, we are in the kingdom of World Music in a vision too festive for a safari.

As you can see from this review, I was more than conquered by the very diverse music of this album. At no time we are in the genre of progressive EM. In fact, are we in the EM genre? But that's not important! The important thing is that LISTENING FOR A HEARTBEAT gives us almost an hour of music filled with those links that make us nostalgic. A beautiful album that found a gap in my state of mind to sneak in.
Sylvain Lupari (June 7th, 2021) 
 
Additions and changes from October 23 till November 13 2021
*new entry / released *
Awenson - FLOATING (cd) gr-323
Mystic music with a great sense of feeling. Music that will instandly appeal to those who love the works of Edgar Froese. It has a sense of timelessness. A masterpiece of Electronic Music..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-323

*new entry *
Divine Matrix - CELESTIAL PHENOMENA (cd) 85759
2021. Easily the best album so far from Steve Barnes,who is honing his talents asDivine Matrix, Atmospheric Variations presents a drifting, gently rhythmic programmed sequences giving a pleasing Tangerine Dream feel..
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=85759

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Erbe, Stefan - SERBENITY (cd) 79916
2021. Cool new album by Stefan Erbe, very energetic..
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=79916

*(back) in stock *
Gottsching, Manuel - E2-E4 (cd) 23170
1981/1996. One hour of hypnotic Ashra guitar playing.
Out of print (rare).
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
We have only ONE copy, so order fast!
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23170

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Kebu - URBAN DREAMS (cd) 88692
$ 21.25 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 16.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=88692

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Kebu - URBAN DREAMS -2LP- (2-lp) 26467
$ 28.75 / UKP 20.25 / EURO 22.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=26467

*(back) in stock *
Kistenmacher, Bernd - COMPILED DREAMS (cd) 10200
1997. Unreleased music. This is no sampler Last copy gone is gone!.
$ 28.75 / UKP 20.25 / EURO 22.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=10200

*(back) in stock *
Kistenmacher, Bernd - CONTRASTS VOL. 1 (cd) 16300
1998. More analog sequences Last copy gone is gone!!.
$ 28.75 / UKP 20.25 / EURO 22.90
We have only ONE copy!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=16300

*new in stock *
Nova - TERRANOVA & QUO VADIS (2-cd) 77431
1991. This is Peru. Includes the hit: Aurora A great double CD release from the music of Nova..
$ 23.75 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=77431

*new entry *
Orchard, Steve - ENCHANTED AUTUMN (cd) 19114
2021. A daring and beautiful heartfelt musical statement.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=19114

*new entry / released *
Paul Nagle & Matt Howarth - SPECIES GAP (cd) gr-320
2021. A unique cooperation from Matt Howarth with Paul Nagle. An Enhanced CD with the music from Paul and a great comic from Matt!! Limited to only 300 copies!!.
Limited edition of 300.
$ 18.49 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-320

*new entry *
Projekt Gamma - RAUM PATROUILLE (cdr) 18634
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=18634

*(back) in stock *
Ramp - LOOKING BACK IN ANGER (cd) 21684
2006. Unreleased music from the past decade.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21684

*new entry *
Roach, Steve - LIVE AT SOUNDQUEST FEST 2021 (cd) 66961
$ 19.99 / UKP 13.99 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=66961

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Rudz, Przemyslaw - MARTIAN ANTHOLOGY (cd) 25388
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25388

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Seifert, Erik - POLES =REMASTERED= (cd) 88676
2021. Max Schiefele (Maxxess), Erik Seifert, Josef Steinbuechel An ambient travel by 3 of the best sounddesigners in German EM scene A unique atmosphere that capture the poles imagination.
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=88676

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
SEQUENTIA LEGENDA - CELESTIAL (cdr) 42284
$ 19.99 / UKP 13.99 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=42284

*(back) in stock *
Star Inc. - EVE OF THE WAR (cd) 49198
1989. Spiral,Pulstar,Blade runner,Killing fields.
$ 6.25 / UKP 4.49 / EURO 4.90
We have only ONE copy, so first come = first go!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=49198

*(back) in stock *
Star Inc. - SYNTHESIZER SPECTACULAR 2 (cd) 75845
1988. Bad,I just can't stop,Diamonds ++.
$ 6.25 / UKP 4.49 / EURO 5
We have only ONE copy, so don't order too late!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=75845

*(back) in stock *
Tangerine Dream - SPACE FLIGHT ORANGE (cd single) 81373
2005. 2 tracks. Limited to 1000 copies Gone is gone!!.
Out of print (rare).
$ 28.75 / UKP 20.25 / EURO 22.90
These are the LAST copies!!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=81373

*(back) in stock *
The Amnis Initiative - ALTERNATE TIMELINES (cd) 87271
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=87271

*new entry *
Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk - EIGHT FRAGMENTS OF AN ILLUSION (cd) 28062
$ 19.99 / UKP 13.99 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=28062

*released *
UNI SPHERE - TEMPUS (cd) gr-333
2021. Unisphere are Rene Splinter and Eric v.d. Heijden. Majestic, warm and melodic full in the style of both musicians. TD fans should not miss this, the vibe of the Early 80's are here!!.
$ 18.49 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-333

*released *
Wahnfried - PLAYS MEGATONE (cd) 77557
2021. With Michael Shrieve.
$ 23.75 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.95
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=77557

*new entry / (back) in stock *
Wave Walkers - KRONOS 21 (cd) 23315
2021. Wave Walkers make Music inspired by Tangerine Dream!!.
$ 18.49 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23315
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