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Tranquility — Core
(Invisible Shadows ISCD040114, 2001, CD)

by Phil Derby, Published 2001-07-01

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The release of Frank Makowski’s latest work under the Tranquillity moniker was originally anticipated last year. It was worth the wait until spring. Makowski presents a vast array of electronic music styles, from artful ambient to boisterous Berlin school. The latter style is evident on “Well Known Territories,” a real cooker to start things off. The energy percolates and permeates, with excellent rhythms and strong electronic sounds. But this is far from a traditional Teutonic outing, which we discover in short order upon hearing “Overtones,” an aptly named number that is little more than layered drone tones, but it is still captivating and dramatic. This lead to a real high point, “Aural Sediments,” which features classic rhythmic sequencing that builds intensity in spectacular fashion. The mood shifts again with “Harbinger.” Here, one can tell that Frank got his inspiration from Johannes Schmoelling’s Zoo of Tranquillity album. Distant voice samples are sprinkled about, surrounded by minimal sounds and ethereal textures. It is subtle and engaging. This leads to the clincher, “State of Hysteria,” which is very much like Makowski’s work with [‘ramp]. It’s what I’ve referred to in the past as industrial Berlin school on steroids. Dark atmospherics lend power to the already strong sequencing. It’s a powerful finish to a highly successful electronic experience.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 22, 2001 releases

Related artist(s): Frank Makowski / Tranquility

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