Thomas Fanger / Parlez-vous electronique

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What an amazing CD this is. The opening and closing tracks should be loved by Redshift and Arc fans whilst the otheThomas Fanger / Parlez-vous electronique   Artwork & Disc are in Mint Condition tracks are right out of Ashra / Gottsching territory.

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Thomas Fanger / Parlez-vous electronique   Artwork & Disc are in Mint Condition

What an amazing CD this is. The opening and closing tracks should be loved by Redshift and Arc fans whilst the other tracks are right out of Ashra / Gottsching territory. There are also similarities with ‘Analog Overdose’ Volumes 1 and 3. In other words we are deep in Berlin School territory throughout. ‘Vanilla Crush’ begins with soft celestial pads. It only takes a couple of minutes however before the first superb sequence strikes up. Images of Ian and Mark at Hampshire Jam Three behind their pile of analogue gear came unbidden to my mind. I would love to see Thomas live. I bet he would be great! Anyway, back to reality. The backing swirls this way and that, lovely shimmers bursting to the surface like lava erupting from a volcano. The inevitable mellotron adds that essential contrasting softness. Subtle leadlines that would have been equally at home on ‘Phaedra’, ‘Rubycon’ or ‘Ricochet’ weave their wonderful spell. ‘Twinkling Sun’ is all about mesmerizing patterns of pulsations with some wonderful virtual guitar stabs. It rather reminded me of ‘Blackouts’. ‘Jungle Bar’ is collaboration with Klaus Cosmic Hoffmann-Hoock. It starts with twittery rainforest type effects. Through these gentle guitar licks echo, heralding a nice deep bass sequence. Guitar loops start to form creating a rather ‘E2-E4’ feeling of trance. Additional little guitar touches hang above it all like a heat haze. In the fifth minute there is some sampled French text which I didn’t really think fitted with the music but others might disagree. ‘The Lost Track’ starts with a rather shimmering metallic feel. A bass line is added then some excellent drum programming. It all goes together to whip up an exciting groove. Rather appropriately the sound of waves lapping on the shore get ‘Velvet Beach’ underway. The mood soon changes however as guitar flourishes and a stonking bass sequence strike up. Another sequence, then a third fall into formation with the first. Little melodic licks and sighing pads hit the spot perfectly. Yet another rather tuneful sequence comes in mutating wonderfully as we go. What a fantastic blissed out track this is. ‘Pure Dreams’ is a jaunty little number full of tinkling melodies, lush pads and cool / lazy syncopations. Great fun. Rapid sequences launch us straight into ‘Aquanaut’. The excitement builds still further with the introduction of rhythm and some wonderful cosmic guitar playing courtesy of Michael Potrafke. This time things are more like a cross between ‘Blackouts’ and ‘New Age of Earth’. ‘Calm’ only lasts just over a minute and is something of a dreamy bridging piece which takes us to ‘The Land of Milk and Honey’. A flute can be heard above more rainforest / bird samples. It’s all very peaceful. A tinkling sequence starts up. It begins to mutate as the mellotron makes an entrance, the pulsations gaining added oomph all the time and in no time at all we are back in Arc territory. The power keeps building to heavenly proportions then a laser sharp lead blasts over the top. Whether your Utopia is Milk and Honey or Belgian Beer and Kebabs you will find it here! If Berlin School and the albums I have quoted here for comparison are your thing then buy without hesitation. (DL)