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Lightwave — Nachtmusik
(Erdenklang 90342, 1990, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2015-10-22

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Following from a trio of cassettes, the French electronic duo Lightwave moved to the Erdenklang label and released this awe-inspiring two-piece album that drew together threads of electronic influences from the avant garde to the Berlin school. I still remember how fresh this sounded in the early 90s as the band still relied on having a deep sound that seemed a combination of analog and digital equipment and the music seemed really well informed of its influences, having already incorporated them into something a bit different. It was a really spooky piece in parts and would work pretty well in anyone's haunted house next month, with the sounds of creaky doors opening among a whole host of unusual and creatively thought out effects. In fact the duo drew enough attention at the time to lure recent Tangerine Dream member Paul Haslinger into the fold for an album or so. Over the years I found their albums to grow closer to the avant garde and farther away from the big soundscapes they did in their early days, so I lost interest at some point, but as a fan of electronic music across many spectrums, this one was really one of the best efforts of inventive electronic music out there.


Filed under: New releases, 1990 releases

Related artist(s): Lightwave

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