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TANGERINE DREAM: The Dawning of a New Era? - The Audiophile Man
Title: Particles Label: Invisible Hands This new double album (it’s seen as a ‘cupdisc’ or EP but it runs at LP length) is from the current Tangerine Dream (TD) line-up: Ulrich Schnauss on keyboards, Hoshiko Yamane on violin and cello and Thorsten Quaeschning on keyboards and guitar. All are looking to find their group feet, as it were, since the death in 2015 of the last remaining original TD group member, founder Edgar Froese. The first CD included in the gatefold digipak is called Muon and includes new studio recordings including 4.00pm Session, recorded at the (Dieter) Dierks Studios, the creative base for 1971’s LP release, Alpha Centauri. This improv piece is almost celebratory, fitting right into the TD canon, utilising the classic trance-like, rotating, looping rhythm base to then hang and layer additional loops and textures to build and fatten the soundstage. It’s a warm and welcoming piece but not too cuddly, there are slightly aggressive moments in there which suggests that this new TD line-up might surprise us in the future. You’ll also find a cover of the main theme soundtrack to the Netflix TV show, Stranger Things which is itself influenced by Tangerine Dream and penned by …