mardi 27 décembre 2011

KLAUS SCHULZE: Timewind (1975)

''Timewind shows a more mature Schulze on rhythms and sequences''
CD 1 (59:13)
1 Bayreuth Return 30:25  
2 Wahnfried 1883 28:37
CD 2 (56:14)
1 Echoes of Time 38:42 (Bonus Track)
2 Solar Wind 12:35 (Bonus Track)
3 Windy Times 4:57 (Bonus Track)

We are in 1975; Pink Floyd pushes the delusions of progressive music by using a synthesized, atmospheric and floating approach with Wish you Were Here. Progressive rock gets more nobility and the electronic rock continues on its cosmic élan. While Tangerine Dream releases the somber Rubycon, Klaus Schulze shapes its spectral waves to offer us an outstanding work without smudges. Behind a stunning artwork, Klaus proposes us a galactic journey on the wings of time. Timewind, dedicated to Richard Wagner, is a long cosmic journey as much enchanting as its artwork.
A metallic wind blows on a dusty dune, pushing a multitude of sound plots which spin in the ambient air. Cold winds freeze the time on a bass line of which minimalist pulsations roll in loops while the cosmic touch of Klaus Sculze is unfolding with his Farfisa and synth waves which undulate on a sequential movement increasing with a heavier amplitude. Everything is with softness and fineness. On a heavy bass which tacks with darkness, "Bayreuth Return" drags its harmonies on tenebrous synth strata which leave their imprints for the passages to come. And the return of Bayreuth is doing with a cyclic whirlwind of synth layers which roll with subtle deviances, keeping the same delicacy of its movement until it stops to contemplate the extent of the road to be followed. Far off, the horizon is flat and desertic. It’s constituted by the same hypnotic sound abundance which attracts "Bayreuth Return" towards its endless walking. A walking in solitary where synth lizards push hoarse breaths, raising cosmic dusts which evaporate on sequential rhythms. Rhythms dancing in loops in a swirling abyss. And so Bayreuth ends abruptly its sound odyssey.
If you liked this galactic journey "Wahnfried 1883", inspired from the works of Wagner, continues in the same wake. Floating the intro is soaked with a heavy synth which moves hardly. In a latent state of suspension the intro is soaked by a heavy synth of which the waves float with passion but move hardly. Fixed in time the movement is surrounded with dusts of synth angels fluttering on subtle sequences which move with the delicacy of a spiral in weightlessness. Slow, supple and superbly intense "Wahnfried 1883" is an intense musical journey in the heart of analog years and its floating structures. A voyage in the borders of a cosmos that we still didn’t get all of its seducing beauty.
Timewind is the cd which had reveals Klaus Schulze to the American audience. And it’s understandable. Schulze plays with heavy rhythms and sequences with more maturity and depth. If "Bayreuth Return" kicks down the basses of our loud speakers with its undulating and rebel bass line, the synth strata which decorate the sidereal beauty of "Wahnfried 1883" get full of all the beauty that Schulze puts in them. Timwind is the fusion of anterior works from Schulze with the increasing maturity that he imposes to his style in order to prepare us very well to other great works. For that time it’s a colossal work which was going to free the inspiration and the boldness of several newcomers.
A re edition of Timewind! Was it worth it? Absolutely! Was it worthily of a 2 CD set? Of course…Although these are nice variations on the same theme since that ''Echoes of Times'' and ''Solar Wind'' are two variations of "Bayreuth Return" played in concert. Klaus Schulze played his classic on 3 occasions, in nearly 2 hours with different outtakes. After a stop he got back to play it in a different way. Only sequences are identical and the variations showed in intros. ''Solar Wind'' is being simply divine with its fluidity, while ''Windy Times'', writes in 2000, is a kind of mix of Timewind. It’s shorter and faster, while rolling on the same sequential pattern. It’s very good! Good as all of this double re edition of Timewind which is presented with a nice booklet which shows lot of inner notes and all the great artworks where Timewind was carefully wrapped. It’s a wonderful journey in time with the man to timeless music.

Sylvain Lupari (2007)
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