Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Electronic | Heft: Jahrgang 2013, eclipsed Nr. 153 / 9-2013 | VÖ-Jahr: 2013 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Torus | Autor: WS

Detlev Schmidtchen wrote Prog history with Eloy from 1976-79. The great albums "Dawn" and "Ocean" also fell into this period. He hasn't been heard from for a long time. Now there is a very personal album of him, on which he has let his imagination run free according to his own statement. Hence the album title. With eleven instrumental tracks he travels this "Vanthasia". "Forbidden Dreams" opens with spherical sounds to seagull cries and meanders quickly into a cosmos between New Age and Tangerine Dream. Electronic sounds are the order of the day. Guitar-like sounds and various voice samples like female choirs are integrated. Fat synth sounds like from the Eloy era are of course also offered. And so tracks like "Remember", "Beautiful Day" or "Pulse", recorded with band and vocals, could be great Eloy titles. Other tracks sound almost like Jean Michel Jarre ("Brainstorm") or meditation music ("Heaven On Earth"). A few too shallow songs can be forgiven for slipping. But there are altogether nice memories of the Eloy time.

Top track: Remember

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