Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Spheric Music Silver
(Spheric Music SMCD 9025, 2016, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-02-28

Spheric Music Silver Cover art

25 years ago German synthesist Lambert Ringlage formed the Spheric Music label to publish his first solo CD. Since 1991, the label has grown to include the discography of 20 different electronic artists, many of whom have tracks on this new sampler CD, Silver. Rather than provide a sampling of the music released by Spheric over the past 25 years, Lambert chose to include instead unreleased tracks by these artists plus a rare track by Joel Fajerman, a soon to be released Spheric artist, and a Klaus Schulze track from his Contemporary Works 1. In addition to Klaus Schulze, the other well known artists that appear are Robert Schroeder and Bertrand Loreau. The other artists, Klangwelt, Axess, Vanderson, Rudolf Heimann, Mesmerised (aka Palantir), and Lambert himself were unknown to me even though I've reviewed Klangwelt's XOIO. The one track that seems out of place with the rest is Joel Fajerman’s opening track “Late Evening.” This is a New Agey Euro-Pop tune that is a bit romantic. Robert Schroeder’s “AtmoSPHERIC” is an excellent composition of pulsating cyclic chords and rhythm that slowly evolves. Klangwelt’s simplistic chord changes on “Starlight” are engaging, especially when the vocoded vocals appear. “Edison’s Legacy” by Axess is another example of cyclic electronic music that moves into Tangerine Dream territory. Vanderson’s somnolent and restful “Ambient Garden” is next, followed by Rudolf Heimann’s “In Hellem Blau,” a catchy sequencer-driven electronic piece. Mesmerised’s “Room Caught in a State of Longing” is another repetitive sequencer composition. Bertrand Loreau’s “Art of Sound Part 3” is a crystalline ambient piece with analog sequencers. And what can I say about Klaus Schulze that has not already been documented? “The Breeze” is a different kind of composition for Klaus, focussed around flutes and an ostinato sequenced rhythm. The disk closes with Lambert’s appropriately named “Silver,” another synth-pop rock tune. As with most compilations, you will find some things you like, some things you hate, and others that don’t grab your attention.


Filed under: Archives, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Klangwelt, Robert Schroeder, Klaus Schulze, Various Artists, Bertrand Loreau

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Cul de Sac - Ecim – This four-piece from Massachusetts offers a free-wheeling neo-psychedelic sound that finds itself at home somewhere between current bands bands like Porcupine Tree, and the experimental music of...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues