Silhouettes, an album by Klaus Schulze on Spotify
Here we go again, another new
Klaus Schulze album. But as amazing as it seems, this is the first release with truly new music in a few years, recently we have been treated with quite a few very well and lovingly done re-releases, but he himself kept quiet. Unusual for someone who is infamous for releasing a 50-CD box with unreleased material along with several regular albums per year. Mind you, he is 70 and has been rather ill, so I take this album as a good sign for him personally.
To me it's a strong release. All four pieces. Klaus Schulze, who is known for his long and meandering synth pads has reduced his toolbox even further: this is a very quiet, almost beatless album, slow and very balanced. Very much a typical ambient album (or spacy Kosmische Musik if you really want to dig out those old stereotypes), in fact one of the best from that genre (and KS himself, who has helped to define that genre) I have ever heard. It sounds very balanced, peaceful and in unity with himself. No need to prove anything, just to enjoy the music. Track 2 has got some more sequenced passages, but they are not taking over, are only adding to the peaceful dynamics. Track 3 is adding a beat loop but only for a short while. This could in parts be the most "traditional KS" track of the album. Track 4 is the one that relies most on a quiet beat loop and sequencing, but it's still laid back enough to remain delicate and within the album's mood range despite being the most dynamic of the four.
The track titles also speak for themselves. An essential Klaus Schulze release. Very deep, emotional and beautiful. I also like the cover. A portrait of the artist as a heavy smoker. Very much KS, a very good portrait and I believe a first for him, such an intimate photo portrait on an album.
Oh and as I am a total lover of low frequencies ... there are many. Especially track 3 and 4 can be quite challenging for your listening equipment and might benefit from much less bass boosting than most other releases. Mind you, they are the first ones my otherwise really sturdy AKG 240 were outright unable to cope with my usual EQ setup range. Wow.
Klaus Schulze: Silhouettes
2. Der lange Blick zurück
3. Quae Simplex
4. Chateaux Faits De Vent
A deluxe edition with CD, double vinyl (transparent red vinyl) and art print showing the famous KS portrait from the Mirage album, signed by the artist.
To me a KS autograph would have made me buy that one, but without I thought I'd go with the humble CD version.
Then I found that the flac download at Qobuz is available for €3,96 ... album bought.