Tangerine Dream announced a new album titled ‘Raum‘ due out February 25, 2022 in vinyl & digital formats via Kscope/Eastgate Music.
The band described this LP as a further step forward into what’s been anticipated in November’s EP ‘Probe 1-8’ ft Berghain resident Barker and Grand River remixes: late-night real-time compositions, classic studio production, sequencer driven haunting soundscapes, anthemic warm synthesizers. Definitely these pleasant sounds must be on everyone’s list of what’s needed to listen to. Stay tuned, full details below.
On their new album Raum, Tangerine Dream developed the concept of its precursor EP (Probe 6—8) further. Composed and produced with full access to Edgar Froese’s Cubase arrangements (and Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013), Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Paul Frick deliver late-night real time compositions combined with classic studio productions, sequencer driven haunting soundscapes alternate with anthemic warm synthesizers.
Indeed, the whole ‘Raum’ album sources Edgar Froese’s 1977-2013 priceless archive: all you’ll hear are Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Paul Frick compositions, all directly inspired by Froese’s Cubase arrangements and Otari tapes. Closing the circle with TG’s remarkable, early studio performances. For the first time in decades, Tangerine Dream’s tracks can’t be exactly re-created live: direct response to the many shows which had to be canceled in the last months.
Composed in a time of social distancing and canceled shows, the tracks cannot exactly be recreated (or will at least need significant re-instrumentation for a live performance). With the 17-minute ‘In 256 Zeichen’ they lay the fundament of this record. ‘Continuum’, with its repetitive sequence and broken beat shows glimpses of acid sounds and increasing choral atmospheres. ‘You Are Always On Time’ is built on PPG wavetable sounds and eerie field recordings. The title track ‘Raum’ makes a nod towards the early live studio performances like ‘Zeit’ and ‘Phaedra’ – the melody accompanied by a chorus-like Roland Jupiter 8 part. An ambient rave Moog Minitaur sequence highlights the final peak, till the violin slowly transports the listener out. A heavy Moog bass marks the beginning and the end of this 15-minute piece.
Exactly like Edgar Froese’s archives about his Tangerine Dream, ‘You’re Always On Time’ video documents and gives fans an insight in to how the band capture field recordings and sample creation for the album and was shot on Kodak Super-8 film.
‘Raum’ is the band’s second studio album after the passing of the founder Edgar Froese in 2015. With deep respect for the sound of the previous five decades, this record continues in the ever-evolving pathway of Tangerine Dream.
‘Raum’ will be released on 25th February and will be available as a CD, gatefold double LP and digitally. The band will be supporting the release with an extensive live campaign in 2022 beginning with a UK headline tour (More details here).
Artist. Tangerine Dream
Release date. February 25, 2022
Format. Vinyl 2xLP/CD/digital
Label. Kscope/Eastgate Music
A / 1. In 256 Zeichen
B1 / 2. You’re Always On Time
B2 / 3. Along The Canal
C1 / 4. Continuum
C2 / 5. Portico
C3 / 6. What You Should Know About Endings
D / 7. Raum
Composed and performed by Tangerine Dream
Thorsten Quaeschning (Synthesizer, Sequencer)
Hoshiko Yamane (Violin, Electric Viola/Violin)
Paul Frick (Synthesizer, Sequencer)
Edgar Froese (Synthesizer, Sequencer)
Cover Artwork by Bianca Froese-Acquaye
Original Super 8 Film by Edgar Froese
Studio Photos by Julian Moser Layout
Design by Melanie Reinisch
Cover photo: © Julian Moser
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