Exposé Online banner

Uwe Cremer / Thomas Rydell — Time Trilogy
(ThomasRydellMusic trmcd004, 2016, CD/DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-03-14

Time Trilogy Cover art

Time Trilogy is the second collaboration between Uwe Cremer (aka Level ∏) and Swedish soundtrack composer Thomas Rydell. As suggested by the title, there are three long tracks on the album: “Ticking Tyrant” (19:51), “Zeitnot” (8:10), and “Time Machine” (16:07). These three tracks are amazing examples of what can be done by merging Krautrock, electronic music, and soundtrack styles. “Ticking Tyrant” opens with a sound bite about clocks running our lives, leading into a swelling majestic orchestral cinematic intro followed by electronic rhythms, electronics, and Uwe’s electric guitar. The steady motorik tic-tock beat continues throughout the piece with the music building and shifting between instruments ala Mike Oldfield. About the 14 minute mark there are crowd cheering sounds followed by more orchestral music, this time reminding me of Gustav Holst’s Planets, especially “Saturn.” Uwe’s soaring guitar solo takes over, then closing the piece with subtle demonic chuckling, whispers, and a loud alarm to jolt you back to reality. “Zeitnot” is an outstanding Tangerine Dream influenced pentatonic sequencer-driven piece that also includes guitar riffs ala Manuel Göttsching. And the final track, “Time Machine,” is another tour de force. Uwe and Thomas begin the journey by revving up their time machine accompanied by ticking and clock chimes. There are also elements of a music box, eerie sounds, acoustic guitars, and chimes that interweave simple cascading note sequences. “Time Machine” is a relaxing journey that once again builds like a Mike Oldfield composition, integrating orchestral elements. This instrumental track ends with church bells, Uwe’s guitar soloing, and the machine slowly running down. The wonderful pairing of musical styles on Time Trilogy is so well executed that you would never guess that it was a collaboration over the internet. Looking forward to their next joint release.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Level ∏ (Uwe Cremer), Thomas Rydell

More info
http://thomasrydell.bandcamp.com/album/time-trilogy

Latest news

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Mestari - Mestari – Recorded in 1993, this four-piece jazz quartet featuring Yochk'o Seffer on various saxes was a logical precursor to the new Zao album, and while the latter more closely approaches progressive, Mestari...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues