V.D.B. Joel* / F. Voelxen* / W. Rockman* ‎– Contemporary Pastoral And Ethnic Sounds

Coloursound Library ‎– CS2
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© Coloursound Library, Edition Show Business, Gunter Greffenius & Co OHG

Original Publisher: Coloursound Library (GEMA)

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped; "Ʊ" [Utopia Studios symbol], etched): ST CS 2-A1 Ʊ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped; "Ʊ" [Utopia Studios symbol], etched): ST CS 2-B1 Ʊ
  • Label Code: LC 4233
  • Rights Society: GEMA



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September 14, 2018

"Contemporary Pastoral And Ethnic Sounds" is a mighty fine and varied collection of, well, pastoral and ethnic sounds. The LP opens with a warm cascade of zither and glittering synthesizers, giving it a real Laraaji vibe, and continues with "Fairy Tale", consisting of a minimalistic drum machine pattern, an axatse type shaker, some kind of string instrument sounding like a cross between a ngoni and a mbira, and flute treated with some murky delay, reminding me in parts of Kraftwerk's "Klingklang" from their second LP.

"Veridian Song" is probably my favourite on the album, a melodic track that sounds a bit like Mani Neumeier playing with Vangelis, circa 1973. "Strange Morning" is a fabulous mood piece of bird song, water sounds, mysterious flute and synthesizers, while "Baja Song" is another more melodic offering with a sitar-sounding string instrument, fat synth bass, that ever-present flute, mbira and even some faint vocals.

"Mridamgam Song" is an Indian percussion/synth sequencer jam, again reminding me of Kraftwerk and the track "Kristallo" from the "Ralf & Florian" LP. "Rocks" is the only track featuring a "regular" drum kit, and is a repetitive Klaus Weiss type funk workout, featuring fat Carpenteresque bass stabs, loads of percussion and echoed piano notes.

All in all, a really nice and well produced collection of sounds, definitely worth your time.