After a few years break the Neu Harmony label has returned. The first two releases are by SpiralDreams but there should be many more to come.
As is to be expected, since Neu Harmony was mainly known for releasing Berlin School albums (AirSculpture, Under The Dome, Javi Canovas, Kubusschnitt, Arcane etc) the relaunch has been with a brace of sequencer drenched epics. You might not have heard of SpiralDreams but hardly anyone had heard of the above names either before they appeared on Neu Harmony.
Every track from SpiralDreams (who comes from Hungary) is heavy on the sequences. Vast stonking sequences! The note patterns are mesmerizing . They will entice you in and keep a firm hold. The tracks tend to be of a 10 to 20 minute duration. Even though each track is based around a sequence there are also lead lines and melodies but these tend to be slow and atmospheric rather than of the axe man variety, complimenting the driving pulsations perfectly.
On Another World Vol 1 (and yes Vol 2 is ready to go) the style of sequencing is mid to late 70s and the easy comparisons are Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream but SpiralDreams has taken this and created something of his own. Something that reaches deep, really deep. The leads and effects enhance things still further. The whole music is one of juxtapositions. It is both comforting and disturbing at the same time. It is hypnotic but dos not wash over. You will be drawn in to each track. What is more the same style of sequencing tends to be used over a whole album making each of the six tracks part of one wonderful captivating whole.
Of course I am going to say that this album is absolutely essential to any Berlin School fan (as Neu Harmony is my label) but would I have really gone to the bother of releasing it, if I didn’t think it was amazing stuff? SpiralDreams deserves a wider audience and to be on a par with those acts I have mentioned above. Please at least give the sound samples a listen. I have given one for each track and they are very representative of the whole album.
Thanks, David Law