Gert Emmens — When Darkness Falls upon This Earth
(Groove Unlimited GR-121, 2005, CD)
by Roel Steverink, Published 2006-05-01
One shouldn’t take a title like this too literally when it concerns Gert Emmens. The only darkness that is evoked on this album are the dark coloured synth textures in the beginning of several tracks, but clouds dissolve quickly and sun pushes through. This is no cold, detached EM, it’s warm-blooded romantic space music. Emmens builds his opening quickly so he can unleash his trademark melodic sequencers. These are followed by drum rhythm and shifts in chords. Themes are developed and one or more solos are around the corner. This is a winning formula he often explores. “Nostalgia” has the space romanticism from Ralph Lundsten on his most mainstream output. “Casting Shadows on the Cold Ground,” although derivative, offers an interesting combination of Tangerine Dream’s Ricochet and the best French space brought on by cosmic ghostly whistling and fine Mellotron choir on a bed of hurrying sequencers. All in all a fine album.
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