Level Pi — Entrance
(Garden of Delights GODCD126, 2006, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2011-06-01Level π is kind of an oddball release for Garden of Delights as they specialize in releasing reissues and archive recordings of little known German bands from the late 60s and 70s. In this case, Level π, aka Uwe Cremer, is a contemporary musician with his musical roots firmly planted in the great heyday of Krautrock and Space Music. Uwe is a one-man band recording his debut album at his home studio in Köln, Germany. Uwe and Garden of Delights cite Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and early Pink Floyd as influences. I detect more of a Harmonia/Cluster/Ash Ra vibe on most of the tracks, and even Cybotron on "Dream without End." Most of the tracks are slowly evolving drones and electronics accompanied by some fiery guitar solos. This is some great stuff indeed! It isn’t until you encounter "Level π - Part 3.14" that you experience the full force of Uwe’s Tangerine Dream influence. And the final track "Level π - Part 3.1415" is somewhat of a minor let down because of the abrupt mood shift. But it still shines with Uwe’s Dave Gilmour-like stylings ala Dark Side of the Moon or Wish You Were Here. Overall, quite a remarkable debut effort and it certainly fits well within the Garden of Delights catalog. Also be on the lookout for Uwe’s second release Electronic Sheep on Musea’s Dreaming label.
Related artist(s): Level ∏ (Uwe Cremer)
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Liberation. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more