Gerald Krampl - Innocent Wasteland

(CD 2009; 44:19; Sandrose Records SCD 30.017)

The tracks:
  1- Innocent Wasteland
  2- Afterwards Just Memories
  3- Intimate Ghosts
  4- This Brave Land
  5- Colors Of Night
  6- Thinking Of You
  7- Red Moon Passing
  8- Like Leaves In The Wind
  9- Creeping Shadows
10- Long Way Home
11- Wallflower
12- Morning Breaking Through

Gerald Krampl Website        samples       

The website mentions about this CD: ’Classic and Minimalism meet Electronic. Aside commercial concessions, this is mainly a pure piano and strings based album extended with electronic sounds’. I couldn’t have described it in a better way. However, I would like to add one more thing: it’s boring. Why boring? Well, because the minimalism has the upper hand on this album: minimalistic piano playing with very basic electronic sounds. After one track this already becomes annoying.

Unfortunately, the electronic sounds are so obtrusive that the music cannot be classified as New Age; at least than I could have use it as relaxing wallpaper. The Viennese Gerald Krampl seems to be an integer musician, but Innocent Wasteland, which is meant to depict the ‘endless cycle of destruction and reawakening’, only awakens my destructive inclinations.

* André de Waal (edited by Peter Willemsen)

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