Bertrand Loreau -
Echo Of A Distant Time

(CD 2024, 73:10, Spheric Music SMCD 6309- limited edition of 222 copies)

The tracks:
  1- In The Dark(21:30)
  2- Velvet Moon(15:02)
  3- Up At Dawn(6:12)
  4- Harmonic Romances(6:50)
  5- Sound Of Sand(17:33)
  6- Endless Run(6:17)

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In 1981 Bertrand Loreau started playing electronic music with a Korg MS20 synthesizer and its sequencer. Recently having a mini MS and the SQ1 module at home, he recorded, in a few days, six pieces based on very simple analogue sequences which recall the spirit in which he was more than 40 years ago. These new tracks are like an echo of a distant time. Bertrand Loreau has recorded several CDs with the Spheric Music label, sometimes in a romantic and melodic style and sometimes in a Berlin School style. His latest Berlin School release Full Moon In Fall is a Töftemucke Records CD, also distributed by Spheric Music.

The sound on the album Echo Of A Distant Time is ambient electronic music, very mellow with hints from Tangerine Dream and Klause Schulze (both Berlin School), especially in the long track In The Dark (dreamy atmosphere, embellished with didgeridoo, beeps and bleeps, sequencing and electric piano) and the final composition Endless Run (lots of choirs, a hypnotizing sequencing and spacy synthesizer flights).

The other 4 tracks are also mellow and tastefully arranged: pulsating sequencing and spacy synthesizer runs in the long Velvet Moon, dreamy with slow synthesizer flights in Up At Dawn, spacy with choirs in Harmonic Romances, and soaring strings, fat sequencing and percussive sounds in Sound Of Sand.

If you like ambient electronic music this album is a pleasant experience.

***+ Erik Neuteboom (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)

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