on 24 December 2007
This CD contains two solo albums by Irmin Schmidt of "Can" fame. Each
individual member of Can was a formidable musician in his own right, and
here Schmidt and his assistants create 14 superb songs.
There is a cinematic quality to many of these songs,
such as "Suprise"
about the meeting of two formerly estranged lovers to a
tune of tropical guitars.Or "Villa Wunderbar" where slow
sax playing sets up the scene of a hedonistic mansion the singer
is shut out of. This cinematic quality is partly due to Duncan
Fallowell's lyrics (he is a professional writer).
There is a distinct Latin feel to some of the
songs-"Time the Dreamkiller", for instance, sounds
a little like Astor Piazzolla's "Libertango".
On the other hand "Gormenghast Drift"
has a slow piano juxtaposed with rapid percussion,
evoking a sea on which a storm is about to break.
Trilok Gurtu gives subtle percussion on "The Great
Escape" about a depressed man thinking over his life.
Michael Karoli's guitar and Gerd Dudek's saxophone fuel the
tune "Roll on Euphrates", which includes the memorable line
"I joke to keep/the fearful thoughts at bay".
Excellently crafted, rewarding music. Highly recommended.